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Bahrain-Merida Team Director under suspicion
Last Post 05/23/2019 11:48 AM by Orange Crush. 5 Replies.
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Cosmic Kid

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05/22/2019 02:40 PM
Yeah, this ain't good.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/bahrain-meridas-milan-erzen-under-uci-investigation-for-doping-links/
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
79pmooney

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05/22/2019 02:57 PM
I hope Nibali is clean.
Orange Crush

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05/22/2019 05:52 PM
I don't see anything in Merida team performance that would suggest team doping. Unlike some other teams whose riders are killing it consistently and across the board.

More likely this is the Slovenian/Croatian connection. Lots of bad news coming from that direction in last year or so. Also, lots of Slovenian riders on the upward rise in performance recently. I think that is the correlation we need to be looking at.

As to the good doctor Mark Schmidt around whom this all revolves, he is the one who got his doping equipment from Stefan Matschiner (of Rasmussen and Rabobank fame) when he got caught, who basically told Schmidt to do with it "as he wanted". Shakes head.
Orange Crush

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05/23/2019 10:39 AM
"In total there are six Slovenian riders on the Bahrain-Merida team,"

Didn't realize there were that many. That's probably where they need to look. All of the other signs point that way. Basically the key here is that Erzen used to lead Adria Mobil, the Slovenian youth talent factory, before he went on to lead Bahrain. And yes, Roglic was also part of that talent team before joining Lotto-Jumbo; although that doesn't necessarily mean anything.
Cosmic Kid

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05/23/2019 11:42 AM
ALl I know is that history has proven that when one nation starts to have a dramatic increase of riders at the top of the pecking order, there is usually something fishy underneath....see Italy in early 90's, Spain and the US in the early 00's, Columbia and Slovenia now.....

And of course there is still the question of GB.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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05/23/2019 11:48 AM
CK - one of the overlooked fishy ones is Belgium. They are always up near the top of pecking order but have never had a major scandal like Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Austria and now Slovenia/Croatia. It doesn't compute. Belgium is like the wild west of Europe, haha.

On Roglic, the fact that he didn't follow Erzen, but chose his own separate path is probably telling so I am giving him the benefit of doubt.
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