PIEPOLI KICKED OFF TOUR

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  • bipedal
    bipedal Posts: 466
    You mean kicked off team:

    108km - BREAKING NEWS! Italians Leonardo Piepoli and Riccardo Ricco have been sacked from the Saunier Duval team for "doping practices", the team said on Friday. "(Team manager) Mauro Gianetti has lost faith in them and he decided to fire them from the team," David Garcia, a spokesman for Saunier Duval, told Reuters. Big news! We knew Ricco had tested positive, but we did not know what Piepoli's situation was. "They have been fired for doping practices," is the word from Saunier Duval.
  • So, we can safely assume that he's the next name to be on the ASO +ve list then.
  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,129
    They should let Piepoli back on the Tour just so they can boot off again properly. It's not the same when they don't have to run the media gauntlet of shame outside their hotel.
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  • iainf72
    iainf72 Posts: 15,784
    His house has been searched by the law now.

    Bye bye SD.
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • ricadus
    ricadus Posts: 2,379
    (Team manager) Mauro Gianetti has lost faith in them

    What they really mean is the manager's trying to save himself by sacrificing LP.
  • drenkrom
    drenkrom Posts: 1,062
    So I've got this nearly-mint Saunier Duval 2007 jersey for sale...
  • z000m
    z000m Posts: 544
    i bet the snake grassed on Piepoli to save his own skin.
  • robmanic1
    robmanic1 Posts: 2,150
    drenkrom wrote:
    So I've got this nearly-mint Saunier Duval 2007 jersey for sale...

    Parcel it up with a crisp £50.00 note and send it to me. (I need something to clean my chain with!)
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,129
    z000m wrote:
    i bet the snake grassed on Piepoli to save his own skin.

    "it's not my fault - the older boys made me do it"
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  • z000m
    z000m Posts: 544
    yer that sounds like him.
    RichN95 wrote:
    z000m wrote:
    i bet the snake grassed on Piepoli to save his own skin.

    "it's not my fault - the older boys made me do it"
  • le_patron
    le_patron Posts: 493
    RichN95 wrote:
    They should let Piepoli back on the Tour just so they can boot off again properly. It's not the same when they don't have to run the media gauntlet of shame outside their hotel.

    I agree, I was looking forward to the daily drama of shamed riders with blankets over the heads being driven off by Gendarmes surrounded by a media scrum. No fun if they slink off beforehand.

    Average harvest today, only one booted out, maybe a bumper crop tomorrow.
  • donrhummy
    donrhummy Posts: 2,329
    ricadus wrote:
    (Team manager) Mauro Gianetti has lost faith in them

    What they really mean is the manager's trying to save himself by sacrificing LP.

    Exactly. I'm sure he had no idea they were doping. :roll:

    Did anyone notice David Millar said that Gianetti was thinking of doing an internal doping system like Slipstream's but decided not to (I think he said to save money?). I wonder if he looked into doing it but everyone he talked to had the program done completely outside his control and he didn't like the risks of that?

    THIS is why he fired them.
    Thierry Leroy, a spokesman for title sponsor Saunier Duval, told French radio station RTL that the company would seriously consider its future investment in the cycling team. "It is highly probable that we will pull out of sponsoring cycling following this affair," said Leroy.

    He added that Saunier Duval would be prepared to launch legal action against the team if proof was found of organised doping practices.

    Gianetti must be scared that for once the team owners, managers, officials might actually be held accountable too!
  • bipedal
    bipedal Posts: 466
    “We've always controlled our athletes as much as possible, expecting them to behave correctly,” Gianetti said in the statement.

    “Contracts are always drawn up with strong ethical clauses and we always have guarantees from the riders. Ricco swore on his mother's honour that he would never have used illegal practices to improve his performance.”

    “Despite all our efforts based on the internal and external tests, we didn't manage to avoid what has happened and now we feel victims of those who have a criminal desire to win but have put major investments by our sponsors and the job prospects of tens of honest workers.”
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    [/quote]


    Did anyone notice David Millar said that Gianetti was thinking of doing an internal doping system like Slipstream's but decided not to (I think he said to save money?). I wonder if he looked into doing it but everyone he talked to had the program done completely outside his control and he didn't like the risks of that?

    [/quote]


    :shock:
  • andy_wrx
    andy_wrx Posts: 3,396
    Seen the other thread re Yates putting his foot in the same hole, Cougie ? :wink:
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    We're all at it !

    (putting our foot in it - not doping- obviously)

    <tidies suspicious bags away>
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,322
    edited July 2008
    cougie wrote:
    Did anyone notice David Millar said that Gianetti was thinking of doing an internal doping system like Slipstream's but decided not to (I think he said to save money?). I wonder if he looked into doing it but everyone he talked to had the program done completely outside his control and he didn't like the risks of that?

    | assume you mean an ANTI doping regime like slipstream's?! :P
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  • andy_wrx
    andy_wrx Posts: 3,396
    Bids anyone for this on eBay ?

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    (actually no, I'm making a cheap joke, this one is supposed to have been worn by Millar not Piepoli or Ricco
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VEST-GILLET-THERM ... .m14.l1318
    - although I don't see any proof in the listing that it really was worn by Millar...)
  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,129
    andy_wrx wrote:
    Bids anyone for this on eBay ?

    It depends what's in the pockets
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