Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 19 of 19
  1. #1
    Member Eurostar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Brixton, Jamaica
    Posts
    31
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Sinkewitz has failed a dope test and German TV have pulled the plug

    Sinkewitz has tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone on 8th June. So much for T-Mobile's testing regime, which was supposed to spot anomalies missed by the UCI. He has been suspended and will be sacked if the B sample also tests positive. German TV have stopped covering the Tour. Live news here: http://live.cyclingnews.com/?id=latest

    How will the sport keep any big sponsors now?

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    2,140
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    This is nuts. The blows to T-Mobile just keep coming.

  3. #3
    Burning Matches. ElJamoquio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    San Jose, CA
    My Bikes
    Motobecane Le Champion SL, Cervelo P2SL
    Posts
    9,663
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Eurostar View Post
    German TV have stopped covering the Tour.
    Huh?
    Reacting is mind candy; it requires no thought. Thinking is tedious.

    Bikeforums 'Group Buy': Kinlin Rims, Sapim/DT Spokes, Formula/Bitex Hubs


    "The only good race pace is suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die."
    -Steve Prefontaine

  4. #4
    Member Eurostar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Brixton, Jamaica
    Posts
    31
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Just go to the cyclingnews link:

    13:21 CEST
    Sinkewitz and teammates were shocked and the injured rider claimed he didn't dope. Sounds familiar. The test was taken before the Tour. It remains to be seen if German television channels will come through with their promise to stop broadcasting the Tour if another doping case surfaces. We will inform you in about an hour on this.

    13:31 CEST
    We just received the news that the German public channels ARD and ZDF have indeed decided to pull the plug until the doping case of Sinkewitz is further investigated. The channels have said they hope that their action will send a strong signal to all of those involved in cycling.

  5. #5
    Member Eurostar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Brixton, Jamaica
    Posts
    31
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    And when was the last time the B sample differed from the A? Everyone knows Sinkewitz is finished.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    north-west ireland
    My Bikes
    orange mtb, road bike
    Posts
    53
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    can't understand pulling the tour coverage though, seems a little drastic
    it always looks to me like the german networks wanted an excuse not to show the race
    mind you it'll kill pro cycling in germany if they dont show pro cycling.
    its why pro cycling in uk is mainly amatuer cos the networks wont show pro cycling

  7. #7
    Left OZ now in Malaysia jibi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Lancashire England, but at the moment on an extended tour of South East Asia
    My Bikes
    Thorn Ravan Catlayst, Bill Nickson tourer, Bill Nickson Time Trial, Claud Butler Cape Wrath, Motobecame Tandem etc etc
    Posts
    826
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Eurostar View Post
    And when was the last time the B sample differed from the A? Everyone knows Sinkewitz is finished.
    +1

    george

    eurostar: where is your train avatar?
    ---------------------------------------------------
    https://sites.google.com/site/imjibi/home

    Photos of present tour of South East Asia
    http://picasaweb.google.com/georgeidf50/southeastasia

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    138
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Eurostar View Post
    And when was the last time the B sample differed from the A? Everyone knows Sinkewitz is finished.
    Do we really want to bring up the answer the that question?

  9. #9
    Seņor Member USAZorro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Carlisle, PA
    My Bikes
    1954 Hetchins M.O., 1959 Viking Severn Valley, 1970 Raleigh Pro, 1972 Fuji "The Finest", 1974 Raleigh Superbe&Comp, 1976 Raleigh Team Pro, 1994 Trek 830 MTB, 2000 Bob Jackson Arrowhead, Unicycle
    Posts
    13,034
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The rationale for German TV's response is not made clear in any of the articles I've seen in English (yeah, I'm pretty much a monoglot). I think all they'll do is piss people off, and perhaps encourage some more of the ridiculous polititians there to engage in knee-jerk reactions - similar to the Stuttgart councilwoman who wants to ban Eric Zabel from this year's World Championships there.
    The search for inner peace continues...

  10. #10
    Up on the Down Side CyLowe97's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Chicago(ish)
    Posts
    6,327
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Great. So in essence, German TV punishes Gerolsteiner for a T-Mobile rider testing positive.

  11. #11
    DocRay
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Eurostar View Post
    .
    13:31 CEST
    We just received the news that the German public channels ARD and ZDF have indeed decided to pull the plug until the doping case of Sinkewitz is further investigated. The channels have said they hope that their action will send a strong signal to all of those involved in cycling.
    the strong signal is: watch cycling on the internet, TV sucks anyway.

  12. #12
    Senior Member WxGuesser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Santa Rosa, Ca; O'Fallon Il
    My Bikes
    Fuji SL1, Felt TK2, Cervelo P2C
    Posts
    786
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    that's one thing that is good about us liberal wacko americans.... we don't care about doping.....has baseball or football suffered? no!... if the europeans stop showing cycling and it "dies" over there... all the riders will come to the usa and we'll end up benefiting... sponsors don't like bad publicity, but they're still raking in the $$ and isn't $$ what it's really all about?.. or am i way off here??

  13. #13
    Senior Member classic1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    5,019
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Good thing German TV doesn't cover politics, soccer or pop music, with all the drugs and corruption.

  14. #14
    not a doctor bad timmy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Melbourne
    My Bikes
    Fuji Team 06, Giant ATX-something from mid-90's, Bob Jackson tourer from 1976 (belonged to my late father), a custom touring tandem (ditto).
    Posts
    42
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    velonews are now reporting that the German government wants to cancel the world championships in Stuttgart later this year.

    http://velonews.com/news/fea/12590.0.html

    Massive overreaction. This is the German government playing politics. Who are the German government to punish all the innocent riders from all over the world, who just want their crack at the world title? They also want to ban anyone who's ever tested positive or admitted to using doping products in the past. What happened to serving your punishment and then being allowed to make amends?

    This stinks of hypocrisy, given the role played by the former East Germany in establishing doping in elite sport in the 70's and 80's.

  15. #15
    Senior Member classic1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    5,019
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Minister Schauble
    "We're not going to give this money to a sport associated with drug-taking.
    Does this mean that the German government is going to ban all sports?

  16. #16
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    41
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What happens if somehow Kloden wins?, I think a lot of German people would be pretty pissed at their government run television stations.

  17. #17
    Cheers! 2wheeled's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Woodinville
    My Bikes
    Scott Addict R15, Cadd 9
    Posts
    1,284
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by SpecializedOkie View Post
    What happens if somehow Kloden wins?, I think a lot of German people would be pretty pissed at their government run television stations.
    Yep, doesn't make much sense to me either. Let's punish the German fans because of Sinkewitz

  18. #18
    meb
    meb is offline
    Senior Member meb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    arlington, VA
    Posts
    1,745
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Eurostar View Post
    And when was the last time the B sample differed from the A? Everyone knows Sinkewitz is finished.
    Marion Jones.

  19. #19
    member
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    18
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by SpecializedOkie View Post
    What happens if somehow Kloden wins?, I think a lot of German people would be pretty pissed at their government run television stations.
    well, those who are still interested in watching le tour will just switch to eurosport. every household with cable tv, a satellite dish or a dvb-t antenna (that's pretty much everyone) can still watch it.

    ard and zdf (not government-run, but public tv channels btw.) warned gerolsteiner and t-mobile that they'd stop broadcasting if one of the german pro-team riders would be tested positive.
    sinkewitz already missed a few tests last year. t-mobile knew about that since may and still nominated him for this year's tdf-sqad.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •