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pinnopinno Posts: 42,682
edited April 2015 in Pro race
The Belgian Cycling Federation requested a 2 year ban for GVA. BMC won't be suspending him. How does that work? Surely the Belgian CF have the authority or is this just a suggestion because GVA worked with Mertens and don't actually have any proof? Odd situation. He is either guilty or he isn't.
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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,185
    The Belgian Cycling Federation requested a 2 year ban for GVA. BMC won't be suspending him. How does that work? Surely the Belgian CF have the authority or is this just a suggestion because GVA worked with Mertens and don't actually have any proof? Odd situation. He is either guilty or he isn't.

    What the hell is a "request"? Who are they requesting it from?
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  • The_BoyThe_Boy Posts: 3,099
    If I understand correctly, the prosecutor has requested a two-year ban. A decision hasn't yet been made on his guilt/innocence. BMC will let him ride until a ban is actually handed down.
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  • stagehopperstagehopper Posts: 1,593
    The Belgian Anti-Doping Association (or whatever it is called) - pretty sure they're the only body that can hand out a ban.
  • neonriverneonriver Posts: 163
    I guess they've passed the info they got to the Belgium anti-doping (maybe the new uci one if its up and running) and said they think there's evidence of doping and he should be banned for two years. Now it's up for the anti-doping body to judge and pass down the final sentence.
  • The_BoyThe_Boy Posts: 3,099
    neonriver wrote:
    I guess they've passed the info they got to the Belgium anti-doping (maybe the new uci one if its up and running) and said they think there's evidence of doping and he should be banned for two years. Now it's up for the anti-doping body to judge and pass down the final sentence.

    Precisely. From Reuters:
    (Reuters) - Greg Van Avermaet will not be suspended by his team after the Belgian federation requested a two-year doping ban against the classics specialist, BMC Racing said on Thursday.

    "The BMC Racing Team is aware of today's hearing by the Belgian Cycling Federation, Koninklijke Belgische Wielrijdersbond, in which Greg Van Avermaet appeared in relation to the investigation of Dr. Chris Mertens," BMC said in a statement.

    "Based on information currently available to the BMC Racing Team, Van Avermaet will not be withheld from competition."

    Earlier on Thursday the Belgian news agency Belga reported that Jaak Fransen, the Belgian federation's prosecutor, requested a two-year suspension against Van Avermaet who is suspected of having doped in 2012 with the help of Mertens.

    Van Avermaet has admitted that he worked with Mertens but insisted he has not done anything wrong.

    He finished third in two of the biggest one-day races of the season, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, earlier this month. A decision will be made by the Belgian federation's disciplinary committee on May 7.

    (my bold)
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  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,785
    The Belgian Cycling Federation requested a 2 year ban for GVA. BMC won't be suspending him. How does that work? Surely the Belgian CF have the authority or is this just a suggestion because GVA worked with Mertens and don't actually have any proof? Odd situation. He is either guilty or he isn't.

    erm, that's the whole problem with the doping issue isn't it? very rarely can anyone say this.
  • joelsimjoelsim Posts: 7,552
    inseine wrote:
    The Belgian Cycling Federation requested a 2 year ban for GVA. BMC won't be suspending him. How does that work? Surely the Belgian CF have the authority or is this just a suggestion because GVA worked with Mertens and don't actually have any proof? Odd situation. He is either guilty or he isn't.

    erm, that's the whole problem with the doping issue isn't it? very rarely can anyone say this.

    All depends on what's in those incriminating emails.

    And how much Gilbert bungs the federation.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,273 Lives Here
    Joelsim wrote:
    inseine wrote:
    The Belgian Cycling Federation requested a 2 year ban for GVA. BMC won't be suspending him. How does that work? Surely the Belgian CF have the authority or is this just a suggestion because GVA worked with Mertens and don't actually have any proof? Odd situation. He is either guilty or he isn't.

    erm, that's the whole problem with the doping issue isn't it? very rarely can anyone say this.

    All depends on what's in those incriminating emails.

    And how much Gilbert bungs the federation.

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  • pinnopinno Posts: 42,682
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