Rider protest to delay start of tomorrow's Giro di Lombardia

Peloton acts against prosecutor's comment that all cyclists dope, but strike not supported by all

by Simon_MacMichael   October 15, 2010  

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Tomorrow’s Giro di Lombardia, the last big race of the 2010 cycling season, risks being overshadowed by a rider protest against recent comments by Ettore Torri, chief anti-doping prosecutor of CONI, the Italian Olympic Committee, that all riders dope and performance enhancing substitutes in the peloton should be legalised.

Although CONI and Torri sought to distance themselves from his remarks the following day, as reported last week on road.cc, the damage was already done, with his comments attracting widespread condemnation throughout the sport, although some conceded that Torri has done more than most to fight doing, including his determined pursuit of the now banned Alejandro Valverde.

Yesterday, after winning the Giro del Piemonte, Omega Pharma-Lotto’s Philippe Gilbert, favourite for tomorrow’s race in which he is defending the title he won 12 months ago, confirmed that he had been approached by Roman Kreuziger of the Liquigas-Doimo team regarding the protest, according to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

"We will probably leave Milan ten minutes or so late,” said the 28-year-old. “It's a good idea that we take action,” he added, “because we cannot accept this situation."

The proposed action doesn’t have universal support within the peloton, however. HTC-Columbia’s Marco Pinotti, had been one of the first riders to condemn Torri’s statement last week.

“If you interrogate rider connected with doping, what did you expect them to say?” he asked, adding “They prefer to hide behind the belief "everyone is doping" instead admitting they are losers, wanckers [sic], cheaters, liars.”

This morning, the Italian rider used the same medium, his Twitter feed, to say: “According to Telegraph [sic]’? I personally don't know about any delayed start,” adding “And I personally don't agree with it.”
 

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From http://twitter.com/cyclingfansanon

"I would like to see a race where all the clean riders sit there & refuse to race until the known dopers are kicked out of the peloton."

A far better approach IMHO.

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posted by Simon E [1862 posts]
15th October 2010 - 13:49

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Simon E wrote:
From http://twitter.com/cyclingfansanon

"I would like to see a race where all the clean riders sit there & refuse to race until the known dopers are kicked out of the peloton."

A far better approach IMHO.

+1, take some B@lls to do though, but it would sure send a shiver through the peloton.

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15th October 2010 - 14:05

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Simon E wrote:

"I would like to see a race where all the clean riders sit there & refuse to race until the known dopers are kicked out of the peloton."

A far better approach IMHO.

+1, take some B@lls to do though, but it would sure send a shiver through the peloton.

posted by Decster [246 posts]
15th October 2010 - 14:05

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or the peloton would just ride off and leave him there Thinking

Darned if I do…

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posted by Mr Sock [152 posts]
15th October 2010 - 14:08

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Surely they would all join the protest? Or are we assuming that cyclists are so thick that the dopers will ride off and give themselves away? Come on most of the ones that get caught out by testing won't admit it/it was a funny bourbon/I had a chimeric twin/wish I'd had the salad without the steak now/etc.

Seems total pointless to me (the race protest). It will have zero effect on the guy who said it and to be honest you can see his point.

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posted by bikeandy61 [378 posts]
15th October 2010 - 19:59

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Protest now downgraded to a letter being read out at the start and stickers on helmets saying 'I race with my heart'.

Rather than whinging on they would be better off supporting Torri he has claimed some high profile scalps.

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posted by demoff [344 posts]
15th October 2010 - 23:09

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