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Old 08-10-06, 06:44 AM   #1
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UCI "cleaning house"...really making an effort to clean up cycling...yeaaa RIGHT

Ok so two news articles today about the same issue...turns out it is against UCI rules to do something that might actually help clean up the sport. F---ing hypocrates. Someone needs to tell these jokers that unless they actually take a stand the sport isn't going to get clean.

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UCI won't give Ullrich's blood to Spanish police
By The Associated Press
This report filed August 9, 2006
Jan Ullrich's blood samples won't be turned over to Spanish police investigating a doping scandal, the president of the world cycling body said Wednesday.

Ullrich, the 1997 Tour de France winner, was among the top riders implicated in May when police arrested five people at a Madrid clinic after seizing drugs and frozen blood.

The UCI samples could be used for a DNA comparison with the frozen blood found in the raid. Police suspect the samples were to be prepared for performance-enhancing transfusions to still-unidentified riders.

"The blood of the riders in our possession from doping controls is used for research purposes," UCI president Pat McQuaid said. "To give it for DNA comparisons is against our rules."

Ullrich and Ivan Basso were among the riders excluded from the Tour de France because of alleged links to the doping scandal.
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In the latest twist in Operacion Puerto, the UCI has decided not to hand over rider blood samples for DNA testing to Spanish authorities in charge of the investigation. In May, the Spanish Guardia Civil seized hundreds of bags of blood in raids on apartments belonging to former cycling doctor Eufemiano Fuentes and the blood transfusion clinic of Josť Merino Batres. The blood was thought to be intended for reinfusing into athletes as an illegal means of performance enhancement. Although the investigators pieced together codenames to allegedly identify some of Dr Fuentes' cyclist patients, they are seeking firmer evidence in the form of DNA matches to the confiscated blood.

"The blood of the riders in our possession from doping controls is used for research purposes," UCI president Pat McQuaid was quoted by AP as saying. "To give it for DNA comparisons is against our rules."

Top cyclists Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso, among others, were implicated in the affair by means of codenames. They were prevented from riding the Tour de France as a result, but have always maintained their innocence, even thought Ullrich was also fired from T-Mobile. Neither have supplied DNA samples to the Spanish.
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Old 08-10-06, 08:22 AM   #2
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Well it is nice to see the UCI following its rules for a change. I guess it is a right-to-privacy issue?
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Interesting, though--even doctor-patient privilege can be legitimately breached in the setting of a criminal act.

I don't know how the legal system works in Spain, but I'm assuming they have some type of warrant/subpoena system in place. I know even less about how that works with an international body like the UCI...
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