A quick note, one that’s too long to fit on Twitter but not a big deal either…
The team feels’ deeply harmed by the consequent media focus on what happened today, which we feel has damaged the team’s image and the image of cycling in general
The police today seized the Quick Step bus, driving it to a compound in La Roche sur Yon to search it for doping products. Nothing was found… except the event got maximum media coverage for a short moment, the media waiting to cover the race tomorrow rushed to get the story and apparently at one point a cameraman fell to the ground in the crush to get the scene on camera.
Look guys, we’re clean
But I can’t help feel Quick Step have played this wrong. By saying the search has damaged their image and the sport as whole they’re being a bit passive here. They could be shouting from the roof about co-operating with the police in full, hinting at an excessive procedure and above all, boasting that of course nothing was found… because the team is totally clean. A little bit of confidence can go a long way.
Because it’s French police who now look stupid, conducting such a high profile search… and finding nothing. There were other ways to do this. I said on Twitter earlier this could be theatre and it was just that… a moment of pantomime.
Still, let’s not be hard on the French police because it is they who, time after time, catch the dopers that many a laboratory or governing body struggle to reach. From Festina to Cofidis to Rumsas or Millar, the French judicial authorities are usually a force for good.