Friday, October 19, 2012
The Growing Mushroom Cloud Over Pro Cycling
Gazzetta dello Sport has released information acquired from the Padua, Italy investigators looking into the activities of banned physician Michele Ferrari that implicates one-time Rabobank rider and Giro d'Italia GC victor Russian Denis Menchov and Giro winner Michele Scarponi in doping, The investigation involves not only doping but money laundering and smuggling and concerns athletes in other sports, sports agents, and bank employees. An explanation of this latest cycling scandal in English is here.
Winner of the 2009 Giro, Denis Menchov
2011 Giro victor, Michele Scarponi
It's becoming more and more obvious that professional cycling is as much a contest of pharmaceuticals and blood modification as it is a sporting event.