A quick comment on Bjarne Riis. There’s no point commenting on every silly comment that appears but still, sometimes people say strange things and it’s worth a quick look…
|Is that red wine?
I almost feel sorry for Riis. Almost. 2010 was a stinker of a year for him. He might have been delighted with Cancellara in the spring classics and Andy Schleck in the Tour,, but any joy evaporated with the exodus of his team into the new Leopard squad. After giving Frank Schleck the break that no one else did seeing his protégés quit had to hurt more than losing another ride. Worse, he then thought he’d bought the insurance contract of the century by hiring Contador and several of his cronies, only to see the Spaniard rumbled for clenbuterol. At the same time he had fire a public warning to Richie Porte and his agent.
Now 2011 could see him in hot water. Speaking to Reuters about Contador, Riis said:
“Clenbuterol has been found in his urine but the dose was insignificant. He didn’t win the Tour de France because of that. It’s strange that the substance appeared only once. For me, Contador isn’t guilty but McQuaid wants him to be suspended for solely political reasons.”
Steady Bjarne. The rulebook says any quantity of a banned substance means a suspension and likely ban. That’s not politics, it’s the basic rules applied by the UCI, WADA and almost every other sports governing body. Similarly, what’s going in Riis’s mind. Is it ok to dabble with a teeny bit of a banned substance, so long as the dose doesn’t give you too much of an advantage?
Plus the last time a DS said nasty things about the UCI, he copped a two month ban. Johan Bruyneel’s fit of pique on Twitter saw him get a two month ban from attending races. Riis is making hefty allegations about the UCI and their ability to handle the sensitive Contador case. Aigle won’t be happy.