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Michael Rogers still in the dark re: clenbuteral positive
Last Post 03/11/2014 01:01 PM by 79 pmooney. 4 Replies.
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03/10/2014 12:32 PM
Michael Rogers, who tested positive last fall in Japan has still to hear anything. 

My hope ids that UCI is doing some serious soul searching about disqualifying riders for drugs that could well be in the food they eat when they are competing in third world countries at Pro Tour races that the teams have no choice but to show up for.

In my thinking, an ideal world would have the rider's union telling UCI in no uncertain terms that should Rogers be suspended, there would be hell to pay.  In reality, I believe Brian Cookson's sense of what is right is much more likely to be what's happening than that feeble union actually making a stand.

UCI should be telling WADA "we need leeway on drugs that can be in tainted food since we are trying hard to expand our market throughout the world.  Monitoring all the food of 200 athletes who have to eat like racehorses to compete is an impossibility". 



03/10/2014 04:59 PM
If this is indeed the case, then riders should boycott racing in these nations.


03/11/2014 10:02 AM
The UCI only has limited authority on his penalty. WADA has the power on this one
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03/11/2014 11:43 AM
Posted By Mike Shea on 03/11/2014 10:02 AM
The UCI only has limited authority on his penalty. WADA has the power on this one

Exactly. All the UCI can do is create conditions (common hotel+food) to minimize the risk of clen exposure.


03/11/2014 01:01 PM
But UCI has weight. They need to say "this isn't working. Give use rules we can use. We can't be losing TDF riders to bad food in our efforts to market our product to the world's biggest market." WADA can talk of the Olympics, but what are they, a once every four year venture that generates a lot of money and costs host towns millions and leaves a wake of underused buildings. The Tour generates probably a lot of that money, but it gets spent at restaurants, inns and travel around a great swath of the host country, every year.

UCI can also point out that they are doing far more than WADA's "big" sports. Soccer comes to mind when you think rigorous PED enforcement, no? And now, clenbuteral positives are becoming a real percentage of the positives that are happening at the hghest level of cycling. UCI can say that WADA is seriously hurting their attempt at being (and looking like) a clean sport.

And again, the rider's union should step up. This is where the union making it plain there will be big trouble if ANY rider gets busted for doing work his team is under contract to make him do. UCI should be going to WADA saying that if this doesn't change, we have riders who will boycott one or more TDF stages, costing us xxx $$ each stage.

UCI needs to put its pants on and man up here. The union needs to go through its closet and find its pants (and go on-line to learn how to put them on).

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