Here we go again. A winner of two stages of the Tour de France is caught doping, his team drops out of the race, faces collapse, yada yada yada.
What struck me about this report, though, was the following comment from International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid:
“It’s completely shocking. It would strike me now that someone would have advised those guys to take some form of EPO thought to be undetectable because we haven’t caught guys in this fashion for a long time.”
Is it me, or is that not exactly the strongest condemnation I’ve ever heard? What seems to shock McQuaid is not that Ricco doped, but that he did so in such an easily-detected fashion. Not so much “you cheat!” as “you amateur!”
Yet again, the suspicion arises that 1066 and All That‘s summary of Magna Carta still holds true for the world of cycling: “Barons should not be tried except by a special jury of other Barons, who would understand”.