It seems to me that if a rider has a positive dope test during a stage race then the rider’s time that applied to the team classification should be thrown out too. I haven’t really thought of it much before, but if winning the team classification is going to have some sort of status, then the results should reflect the real results and not the results of someone that was disqualified.
It is not the same as being DQ’d for hanging onto a car or sprinting irregular. I assume that if you are positive one day during the race, then you are positive all the days. I actually think harsher than that. If your are positive once in your career, then you have to be assumed to be positive for your whole career. And all your results should be nullified. Sorry, but that it is how it is.
I know the RadioShack guys are riding for team classification now. Jens Voight wouldn’t have made such a huge effort to finish 6th today if that wasn’t the case. I wonder if anyone out there will go back through the results and recalculate the team results minus Frank Schleck’s contribution. It would be interesting to see how much time that the RadioShack team would gain to their time.