In the News: Dope-probe cyclists off the hook


Jason Spaceman

Team Discovery and Lou Barloworld better get those contracts printed
The cyclists implicated in the Spanish blood-doping investigation will
be free to continue competing after the Spanish Cycling Federation
(RFEC) dropped disciplinary proceedings against them overnight.

They include 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich and Italian Tour
hope Ivan Basso.

The RFEC said the decision was made in accordance with a decree by the
judge overseeing the case, which stated that the evidence gathered
during the investigation could not be used as the basis for punishing
any of the riders.

The federation added, however, that a disciplinary investigation
against team officials and employees implicated in the scandal would

The decision explains why charges against Basso were dropped by the
Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) this month and why Ullrich said he
had been told he was not being accused of any offence.

Read it at

J. Spaceman

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