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Big SHOCK! Saeco is out. Bigger SHOCK!! -->(2 posts)

Big SHOCK! Saeco is out. Bigger SHOCK!! -->Sintesi
Jun 3, 2002 4:51 AM
Replacement team is another French team. Jean Delatour. Sorry Angel Casero and team Coast.

Saeco out of the Tour
Jean Delatour in
The Saeco-Longoni Sport team will not be participating in the upcoming Tour de France, the organisers announced today. The decision was made after Saeco's top rider Gilberto Simoni tested non-negative for cocaine on two occasions, once before the Giro del Trentino and once during the Giro d'Italia.

Saeco suspended Simoni on June 1, pending a full investigation and explanation from the rider, who is claiming that the cocaine came from his ingestion of imported South American products, without knowing they contained traces of cocaine.

When Jean-Marie Leblanc announced the final five wild cards in early May, he said that Simoni's participation in the Tour was the main reason for inviting Saeco, who were overlooked last year. In making their decision today, the Societe made refrerence to the "deplorable events" in the recent Giro d'Italia, adding that it was "inevitable" that Simoni will be suspended for taking drugs. Therefore, his absence "no longer justifies" Saeco's invitation to the Tour, which was given to them on May 2.

The Societe has opted to replace Saeco with another French team, Jean-Delatour, who performed well during the GP Midi Libre and the Coupe de France.
I can't wait till he doesn't invite USPSPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jun 4, 2002 7:09 AM
Then theres no Lance... but still no french man wins the Tour. So the next year he only invites French teams and perhaps some small teams from coutries people have never heard of so its "internatal". Then a french man wins!!!

Cheers,
Nick Corcoran
PodiumBound.ca