|Lampre-Daikin Festina'd by the Gendarmes after Paris-Tours!||Spunout|
Oct 6, 2002 2:03 PM
20 members of the Lampre-Daikin team were arrested today in Tours following the conclusion of the 96th Paris-Tours World Cup, in relation to the Rumsas drug affair. In addition, several team vehicles including a motorhome, a Fiat minivan, and two station wagons, were seized by the Lyon police. The riders Rubens Bertogliati, Marco Serpellini, Alessandro Cortinovis and Ludo Dierckxsens, along with director Pietro Algeri, were arrested on their way from the showers by plain clothes policemen. The remaining people arrested were team staff. All those arrested will be heard by Judge Guesdon tomorrow.
Edita Rumsas, the wife of Lampre cyclist Raimondas, has been held in custody since July 30 under investigation for "administration, offering, transport, and aid in the use of doping products" after various quantities of banned substances were found in her car by French customs police on July 29, the final day of the Tour de France. Raimondas was interrogated in Italy by French police on September 10 in relation to the affair, but has always denied involvement, maintaining that his Tour de France was clean.
Well, the net drops wide due to Raimondas' Mother-in-law's drug habits. Too bad, this instigates Bertogliati too, such a nice young boy.
|please not Bertogliati...||weiwentg|
Oct 6, 2002 3:19 PM
|he truly had guts, making that move in stage 1. if he's guilty...
but aside fromBertogliati, this is terrible news. regardless of how clean our sport actually is, people will start to paint all cyclists in the same light. at the same time, when it comes to the cyclists we love, we will say, "Lance can't POSSIBLY be on ..." I'm not saying he is. it's just that the integrity of the sport will be tarnished, and we won't know who to trust. Lance can deny taking drugs, and we can trust him blindly, say 'he's lying', or just shrug and say we don't know. none of these three alternatives are pleasant in the slightest.