No charges in Spanish dope probe

No charges in Spanish dope probe

There are 12 comments on the BBC News story from Mar 12, 2007, titled No charges in Spanish dope probe. In it, BBC News reports that:

Ullrich and Basso were excluded from the 2006 Tour de France The investigation into a doping scandal that ruled Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso out of the 2006 Tour de France has ended with no charges being laid.

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Sheri DeBois

Nashville, TN

#1 Mar 12, 2007
MY husband knew this bogus,good for you Jan now maybe we will watch the tours with more excitement!!!
MOEP

AOL

#2 Mar 14, 2007
Sheri DeBois wrote:
MY husband knew this bogus,good for you Jan now maybe we will watch the tours with more excitement!!!
Seems like you have a smart husband there Sheri.

Since: Mar 07

Carson City, NV

#3 Mar 15, 2007
Interesting how they waited for Ullrich to retire
before dropping the case. LVA
MOEP

United States

#4 Mar 15, 2007
Also interesting is that nothing has been reported about the German and Spanish authorities exchanging the blood bags and testing them against Jan Ullrich's DNA!
MOEP

United States

#5 Mar 15, 2007
I certainly would like to know if the German authorites are going to follow through with testing the blood bags from Operation Puerto with Jan Ullrich's DNA?

I want to see it through as I believe that Jan Ullrich will be vindicated and I want to see some royal knocklehaeds embarrased!
T Domi

Canada

#6 Mar 18, 2007
Basso got screwed, he would have easily won the 2006 Tour. Instead, someone who actually got caught cheating went through Paris in first. ... Did anyone else notice that almost all the top tour favourites were named ... and none were Americans.
MOEP

El Paso, TX

#7 Mar 19, 2007
Probably due to the fact that was the first and only urin sample found positive for Floyd Landis. Also remember that Operation Puerto caused everyone to panic and disallowed the tour favorites in racing in the 2006 TDF. They should have been allowed to race. There were no American names listed in the Operation Puerto paperwork.

Please don't make this an American thing as there are many American cycling fans who were disgusted and upset in how all of this has been handled by UCI, WADA, ASO, etc. We wanted to see all the tour favorites racing there as well.

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#8 Mar 20, 2007
Well the latest news with Jan Ullrich has me confused. First he provided his DNA to German authorities in order to clear himself. Now the news announced that his lawyers are trying to stop the Spanish authorities in handing over blood bags attained from Operation Puerto to the German authorities. Confusing at best.
YKD

Melbourne, Australia

#9 Mar 22, 2007
I don't understand why they rush the accusation in last year tour and take out two of the best in what could have been one great battle and now does bastards say "oh, nothing was wrong, sorry to ruin all your training, please continue" And now Jan retired, this really sucks.
YKD

Melbourne, Australia

#10 Mar 22, 2007
Sorry, but easily???... I really dont think so, mentally and fisically Jan was in the best shape of his life, I'm not saying he was going to win but a great battle was shot down with no reason. A shame, just a shame.

“crystelZENmud”

Since: Jan 07

Reality City

#11 Mar 22, 2007
YKD, it's simply a means of selling papers, and trying to make the UCI look bad: this has been THEME ONE from the French national Sport paper 'L'EQUIPE'.

It's apparently been done to cover up the TOTAL incompetence of the French national LNDD lab.

Consider this: if the LNDD had tested 'clean', the riders named in Puerto, what would have happened??

They were lucky that peer-pressure (from the Association of Pro Tour Cycling Teams, whatever it's really called) instigated these 'forfeits' at the Tour... Other than the Manuel Saiz-led squad that furnished about a (third? quarter) of the named athletes.

ZENguy

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#12 Mar 22, 2007
ZENmud wrote:
YKD, it's simply a means of selling papers, and trying to make the UCI look bad: this has been THEME ONE from the French national Sport paper 'L'EQUIPE'.
It's apparently been done to cover up the TOTAL incompetence of the French national LNDD lab.
Consider this: if the LNDD had tested 'clean', the riders named in Puerto, what would have happened??
They were lucky that peer-pressure (from the Association of Pro Tour Cycling Teams, whatever it's really called) instigated these 'forfeits' at the Tour... Other than the Manuel Saiz-led squad that furnished about a (third? quarter) of the named athletes.
ZENguy
Good Point! And it still didn't help the French riders any, if that was the hope from this plan.

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