Re: BAsso to sign for Disco 'this afternoon'
Originally Posted by jhuskey
Even better! Designer dope for the public. BRILLIANT!
Looks like DC have done the dirty on the teams ! Time for Bruyneel to speak... ASO are even saying DC won't be invited to the Tour !
Gianluigi Stanga, team manager of Milram, was concerned about the DNA submission issue now being elevated due to Basso signing with a ProTour team. "We need to understand if Basso was asked to make available his DNA or not," noted the manager from Bergamo. "If not then it is clear that Discovery did not adhere to the verbal agreement that the teams had made at the meeting in Paris at the end of October
. The problem now becomes more amplified and will also involve the organizers of the grand tours."
Giuseppe Saronni, team manager at Lampre-Fondital, overseeing riders like Damiano Cunego, noted to the Italian paper, "It would be better that Bruyneel clarifies. Saying that with the signing of Basso certain agreements have been made. I have faith that it was this way [the contract was made], otherwise it would be bad."
"We can't comment on the Basso case without knowing the details," said Christian Frommert, director of sport communications for T-Mobile, on www.t-mobile-team.com
. "But we are still worried as to whether the sport will be able to effectively fight against doping. We need firm alliances for that."
French sports paper, L'Equipe
, which has close ties to ASO (organizers of the Tour de France), asked whether "Basso and Discovery are sure that July 7 they will be at the start in London?" The paper indicated that perhaps the Tour organizers could snub Discovery Channel, not allowing them to compete in the 2007 event
It is important to note that although there was a gentlemen's agreement in Paris
on October 25 to implement DNA collection there has been no official structure put in place to handle the samples.