Marzio Bruseghin: "If I say I'm innocent, nobody will believe me."
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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Marzio Bruseghin: "If I say I'm innocent, nobody will believe me."

by Jered Gruber at 8:41 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
 
36 year old Italian implicated in Mantova investigation unhappy to be left out of Giro d'Italia

Up until recent days, Movistar's Marzio Bruseghin was quietly preparing for his latest start for his country's biggest race, the Giro d'Italia. The former stage winner and podium finisher in 2008, however, found his name linked with a big investigation based out of Mantova and a pharmacist, Guido Nigrelli.

The inclusion of Bruseghin's name, as well as BMC riders Mauro Santambrogio and former World Champion Alessandro Ballan ensured that all three would not take part in the upcoming Giro d'Italia, which starts on Sunday with a time trial in Torino.

Bruseghin, who lives in view of the stage that would have suited him best in this year's Giro - Stage 16's Belluno to Nevegal more or less uphill time trial - reacted any way but quietly when Tuttosport spoke to him today.

"I I say I'm innocent, nobody will believe me, but I've got faith in cycling, even if some people want to make you ashamed of your profession. But no, that's not the case: cycling is my job and allows me to pay my mortgage. I've always pedaled with pride and with my head held high. For this reason, I think I merit a little more respect."

With Bruseghin out of the Giro, it's hard not to wonder how it's possible for a certain former winner to take part. Bruseghin, who also produces 12,000 bottles of prosecco per year and breeds donkeys, finds it hard to come to grips with the invitation of Alberto Contador while he is forced to remain at home and watch the race nearly roll by his front door.

"What sense does it make to have me stay home and to let Contador ride? Although, clearly, I'm happy that the Spaniard will be there."

The 2006 Italian national time trial champion isn't convinced of the Giro's methods to ensure a clean race.

"I do not think this is the right way to ensure the cleanliness of a race, nevertheless, they won't take away my serenity."

With hopes of what would likely be one of his final Giros d'Italia dashed at age 36, Bruseghin can only hope now that his name is cleared in the Mantova investigation. If the reports from other sources are true, however, Bruseghin might never race again.

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