UCI blasts Bettini, Italy

UCI blasts Bettini, Italy

There are 21 comments on the Shanghai Daily story from Sep 25, 2007, titled UCI blasts Bettini, Italy. In it, Shanghai Daily reports that:

“To be honest with you I'm equally angry with the Italian Federation as with Bettini. "The Italian Federation have said they won't ask riders to sign and the Spanish have done likewise.”

PAT McQuaid, president of cycling's world governing body, said yesterday he was "angry and annoyed" at world champion Paolo Bettini for not signing the anti-doping declaration. via Shanghai Daily

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Will

Baltimore, MD

#1 Sep 25, 2007
Published on ShanghaiDaily.com
UCI blasts Bettini, Italy
Created: 2007-9-26

PAT McQuaid, president of cycling's world governing body, said yesterday he was "angry and annoyed" at world champion Paolo Bettini for not signing the anti-doping declaration.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) asked all ProTour riders and managers to sign an anti-doping pledge, a "commitment to a new cycling," before this year's Tour de France.

So far Bettini, who will defend his world road race title in Stuttgart on Sunday, has not signed and McQuaid widened his attack to the Italian Federation.

"Bettini has not signed and I feel very angry and very annoyed," McQuaid told a small group of reporters on the eve of the road world championships.

"To be honest with you I'm equally angry with the Italian Federation as with Bettini.

"The Italian Federation have said they won't ask riders to sign and the Spanish have done likewise."

McQuaid said riders needed to sign the pledge to help the sport recover from its doping problems.

Last week American Floyd Landis, who finished first in the 2006 Tour de France, was found guilty of doping during the race and stripped of his title.

Astana pulled out of this year's Tour after Alexander Vinokourov tested positive for blood doping. They were followed by the Cofidis team when Italian rider Cristian Moreni tested positive for testosterone.

Michael Rasmussen was sacked by his Rabobank team while leading the race for lying about his training whereabouts, an allegation the Dane denies.

"There are some people who still do not realize the state that cycling is in today," McQuaid said.

"He has decided for whatever reason not to sign it willingly and to try and sign an altered version, which we won't accept.

"It is only a pledge. It is not a legal document. We cannot stop them racing. It was never meant to be (such a document)."

The UCI is waiting to hear whether Alejandro Valverde is successful in an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against his ban on competing in Stuttgart, over a possible link to the Operacion Puerto doping scandal in Spain.

"I hope CAS supports the UCI decision," McQuaid said. "If they don't it means he will ride on Sunday and we'll have to look at our own rules and how we can control the sport."
Will

Baltimore, MD

#2 Sep 25, 2007
I have all along suspected that Bettini was one of the old-guard of doping cyclists. He probably thinks that he can just crank out his remaining races until his announced retirement without the heightened scrutiny that the other old-guarders have been subject to.

We'll see how successful he is -- he'd better be clean for his last few races, including the Worlds.
Gus

Richmond, Canada

#3 Sep 25, 2007
Will wrote:
Published on ShanghaiDaily.com
UCI blasts Bettini, Italy
Created: 2007-9-26
PAT McQuaid, president of cycling's world governing body, said yesterday he was "angry and annoyed" at world champion Paolo Bettini for not signing the anti-doping declaration.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) asked all ProTour riders and managers to sign an anti-doping pledge, a "commitment to a new cycling," before this year's Tour de France.
So far Bettini, who will defend his world road race title in Stuttgart on Sunday, has not signed and McQuaid widened his attack to the Italian Federation.
"Bettini has not signed and I feel very angry and very annoyed," McQuaid told a small group of reporters on the eve of the road world championships.
"To be honest with you I'm equally angry with the Italian Federation as with Bettini.
"The Italian Federation have said they won't ask riders to sign and the Spanish have done likewise."
McQuaid said riders needed to sign the pledge to help the sport recover from its doping problems.
Last week American Floyd Landis, who finished first in the 2006 Tour de France, was found guilty of doping during the race and stripped of his title.
Astana pulled out of this year's Tour after Alexander Vinokourov tested positive for blood doping. They were followed by the Cofidis team when Italian rider Cristian Moreni tested positive for testosterone.
Michael Rasmussen was sacked by his Rabobank team while leading the race for lying about his training whereabouts, an allegation the Dane denies.
"There are some people who still do not realize the state that cycling is in today," McQuaid said.
"He has decided for whatever reason not to sign it willingly and to try and sign an altered version, which we won't accept.
"It is only a pledge. It is not a legal document. We cannot stop them racing. It was never meant to be (such a document)."
The UCI is waiting to hear whether Alejandro Valverde is successful in an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against his ban on competing in Stuttgart, over a possible link to the Operacion Puerto doping scandal in Spain.
"I hope CAS supports the UCI decision," McQuaid said. "If they don't it means he will ride on Sunday and we'll have to look at our own rules and how we can control the sport."
...SCHIZO...needs a *CRACKER*

Since: Dec 06

Redwood City, CA

#4 Sep 25, 2007
Will wrote:
I have all along suspected that Bettini was one of the old-guard of doping cyclists. He probably thinks that he can just crank out his remaining races until his announced retirement without the heightened scrutiny that the other old-guarders have been subject to.
We'll see how successful he is -- he'd better be clean for his last few races, including the Worlds.
Not signing is not equivalent to being a doper. With your signature you lost a lot of money, even if you don't dope but are wrongly convicted of doping (regardless of the Landis case).

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#5 Sep 25, 2007
That the Italian and Spanish federations are not supporting the UCI's Dopping Declaration Pact signing is quite interesting.

Looks like UCI will have to go back to the drawing board and restratigize their game plan.

Cheers

“crystelZENmud”

Since: Jan 07

Reality City

#6 Sep 26, 2007
By WADA figures themselves, 95.83% of all cycling (international-class: Olympics or non-Olympic events) tests were NEGATIVE.

Will, I'd really like your honest opinion, off-the-wall or otherwise, as to what percentage of that 95.83 percent of negative results WERE SO, due to 'MASKING AGENTS'...

According to yourself and Raymond especially, ALL CYCLISTS are doped.

So that would infer that 95% of them have a greater system and never get caught, OR... that labs in general are incompetent, only getting 'lucky' when the masking agents fail... or whatever...

THE FLOOR IS YOURS...:-)

ZENhere
Raymond

Aix-en-provence, France

#7 Sep 26, 2007
ZENmud wrote:
By WADA figures themselves, 95.83% of all cycling (international-class: Olympics or non-Olympic events) tests were NEGATIVE.
Will, I'd really like your honest opinion, off-the-wall or otherwise, as to what percentage of that 95.83 percent of negative results WERE SO, due to 'MASKING AGENTS'...
According to yourself and Raymond especially, ALL CYCLISTS are doped.
So that would infer that 95% of them have a greater system and never get caught, OR... that labs in general are incompetent, only getting 'lucky' when the masking agents fail... or whatever...
THE FLOOR IS YOURS...:-)
ZENhere
Sadly, You continue to distort my stance and that of others. But why? Have you some vested interest here that is beyond SPORT and the truth!

Since: Dec 06

Redwood City, CA

#8 Sep 26, 2007
Raymond wrote:
<quoted text>
Sadly, You continue to distort my stance and that of others. But why? Have you some vested interest here that is beyond SPORT and the truth!
How often did you say "Good Bye" to this forum ?

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#9 Sep 26, 2007
I cannot guess what the Italian and the Spanish cycling federations are thinking or what they are feeling in regards to UCI's Dopping Declaration Pact. But, it looks to me publically that both federations are not supporting the UCI here.

First we saw that the three Grand Tour organizors were and are in disagreement with the UCI.

Secondly we observed the British Tennis Federation changing the labs who they want testing their atheletes' blood & urin samples.

Now we're seeing two national cycling federations in disagreement with the UCI.

What then is waiting around the corner?

Cheers Everyone

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#10 Sep 26, 2007
McQuaid blasts world champion Bettini
Paolo Bettini is now even more determined to take victory this weekend
Photo ©: Roberto Bettini
UCI president Pat McQuaid has hit out at World Champion Paolo Bettini and the Italian Cycling Federation, with the Italian to defend his rainbow World Champion jersey in Stuttgart, Germany this week despite not inking his name on the UCI's anti-doping charter, introduced in the lead-up to July's Tour de France. McQuaid says he's "angry and annoyed" over Bettini's ongoing refusal to sign the document, in which riders pledge to give a blood sample for cross referencing with evidence gathered in the the Operation Puerto doping investigation and to pay back one years salary if found guilty of doping.
"Bettini has not signed and I feel very angry and very annoyed," McQuaid told AFP. "To be honest with you I'm equally angry with the Italian Federation as with Bettini. The Italian Federation have said they won't ask riders to sign and the Spanish have done likewise."
Since introducing the new charter in late June the UCI has relied on the public pressure of making the list available online to get riders to sign the agreement, as it has no legal right to force riders to sign the document or prevent them from racing if they don't sign. Public pressure it seems isn't enough to sway Bettini's position on the matter and as one of Italy's highest profile riders the national federation isn't in a rush to force the Quick.Step-Innergetic rider, or any of its other members for the matter, to sign the document. "There are some people who still do not realise the state that cycling is in today," McQuaid said. "He has decided for whatever reason not to sign it willingly and to try and sign an altered version, which we won't accept. It is only a pledge. It is not a legal document. We cannot stop them racing. It was never meant to be [a legal document]."
Bettini has reacted to McQuaid's comments saying that any attempt to prevent him from racing will only make him more determined to leave Germany on Sunday afternoon the same way he entered the country - with the World Championship jersey on his shoulders. "If they are doing this to destabilise me they should know that I'll win the world championship in Stuttgart on purpose," said Bettini.

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#11 Sep 26, 2007
Kashechkin challenges UCI on privacy
Andrey Kashechkin (Astana)
Photo ©: Sirotti
Andrey Kashechkin is not planning to just lay down and accept defeat after testing positive in August according to Sportwereld.be. The Kazakh has summoned the UCI to court for violation of his privacy, filing the case on the same day that the UCI's trial against him went to court in Liege.

Kashechkin was found positive for homologous blood transfusion in an out of competition control taken while he was in Turkey. After the B sample was also found positive Kashechkin was fired by his Astana team on August 31.
Kashechkin has questioned the competence of the UCI in regard to releasing the information of the doping controls. His lawyers have claimed that the UCI has breached his right to privacy. The UCI now has the authority to take blood samples from the riders as well as keeping track of where the riders are at any particular time. However when the positive control took place, Kashechkin was on holiday and didn't wish to be disturbed.
His laywer, Luc Misson, has asked that the court prohibits the UCI from punishing his client or prohibit him from riding until the case has been decided. The case goes before the court on November 6.

Lissavetzky defends Spain's doping stance
By Antonio J. Salmerón
The President of the Spanish Sport Superior Council Jaime Lissavetzky has hit back at UCI president Pat McQuaid's accusations that Spain is the biggest source of the sport's doping problems, saying that he has a neutral approach to all doping cases brought forward. Lissavetzky's comments come after McQuaid slammed the nation for having a "reluctance to completely clean the problem out".
"I am not going to enter answering to the president of the UCI," said Lissavetzky. "Everything that designed to put pressure on a sport court, whom has to act independently, is not positive. I am not a person that likes to generate pressure and therefore I will keep my opinion until the opportune moment."
Lissavetzky's words to EFE follow comments in an AP interview with McQuaid, in which the Irishman hit out at Spain's selection of Alejandro Valverde, who reached the bronze medal in Salzburg, Austria last year, despite the governing body stating it didn't want Valverde to contest the event. "The biggest problem we have in doping and cycling comes from Spain," McQuaid said in the interview. "There seems to be a reluctance to completely clean the problem out in Spain."
Lissaetzky defended the Spanish government's stance against doping and its ongoing commitment to unearthing doping rights. "The government of Spain continues fighting against doping, and not only through the laws that they have approved, but also as important operations such as the Mammoth, Gamma or the Operacion Puerto."
Will

Baltimore, MD

#12 Sep 26, 2007
nevrflw wrote:
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How often did you say "Good Bye" to this forum ?
LOL...how often did YOU? I recall that you officially pronounced this forum DEAD by my hand -- or don't you remember that now?

Since: Dec 06

Redwood City, CA

#13 Sep 29, 2007
Will wrote:
<quoted text>
LOL...how often did YOU? I recall that you officially pronounced this forum DEAD by my hand -- or don't you remember that now?
Honestly, never. But Yes, I pronounced it dead.
Paolo Bertarelli

Milan, Italy

#14 Sep 30, 2007
It's really interesting that german politics (never heard before) want the worldwinner out from the race, hiding the worst organisation of the worldchampionship and the lack of money that german tv must give to french Tour organization. Really funny that signing a papaer means to be NOT guilty. Paolo Bettini is A CLEAN warrior. He showed it today.

“crystelZENmud”

Since: Jan 07

Reality City

#15 Oct 2, 2007
Gosh golly geee whizzzz, Raymond, I could have thought you said 'they're ALL doped' about 2 gazillion times...

My apologies, please restate your position vis-ą-vis the professional cyclists of today...

ZENclearing
Raymond wrote:
<quoted text>
Sadly, You continue to distort my stance and that of others. But why? Have you some vested interest here that is beyond SPORT and the truth!

“crystelZENmud”

Since: Jan 07

Reality City

#16 Oct 2, 2007
Buon giorno, Paolo...

'want the worldwinner out from the race'(you wrote)

... think they took lessons from ASO/TdF?
:-)

Now cycling is the sport where ANY insinuation, ANY rumour, ANY innuendo will (verb) prick the ears of the Sporting Press, and voilą!!!

You can't work anymore (as a pro cyclist)...

ZENhere
Paolo Bertarelli wrote:
It's really interesting that german politics (never heard before) want the worldwinner out from the race, hiding the worst organisation of the worldchampionship and the lack of money that german tv must give to french Tour organization. Really funny that signing a papaer means to be NOT guilty. Paolo Bettini is A CLEAN warrior. He showed it today.
Jon

Salt Lake City, UT

#17 Oct 2, 2007
Paolo Bertarelli wrote:
It's really interesting that german politics (never heard before) want the worldwinner out from the race, hiding the worst organisation of the worldchampionship and the lack of money that german tv must give to french Tour organization. Really funny that signing a papaer means to be NOT guilty. Paolo Bettini is A CLEAN warrior. He showed it today.
So true. Bettini is a class act, stuffed McQuaid, told him to eat the pledge, and won the Worlds with elan. A great day for all cycling fanatics! Two in a row. UCI go take a bath.
(Happy)Jon

“crystelZENmud”

Since: Jan 07

Reality City

#18 Oct 3, 2007
Will be interesting to see what happens at the Tour de Lombardi in two weeks... Can Bettini win it for the third time?

ZENnorth

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#19 Oct 3, 2007
Bettini had stated before the start of the worlds that he was going to win it again just for spite. Looks like he put the wheel where his mouth was and did just that again for the second year in a row.

Cheers
keith weil

Harvest, AL

#20 Oct 5, 2007
i would not sign that worthlees paper either. The declaration goes way to far with fines and suspensions. The thing to remember here is how much of a physical demand these guys go through in a season. I feel they should not be subjected to what they are during the off season. Doping is going to happen no matter what. Focus should be on the season and testing practices and procedures must first be fixed. No other sport destroys the body like cycling. Offseason recovery and rebuilding should be left to the rider. as long as they test clean during the season,no harm no foul. the governing bodies must first work on their testing procedures and policies during the season. From what i have seen they cant handle their policies during the season. Cycling has always had doping. Doping will not go away overnight. the declaration is just to harsh. The declaration is a scare tactic by the governing body because of their own inability to enforce or deal with the problem. I am laying in bed right now with a broken back and pelvis from a cycling wreck. I would take anything to help speed my healing time. I want back on the bike not as a cheat but because i love it that much. the declaration is the last thing they need to be worried about.

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