Contador’s Paolo Pezzo defense

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I’ve been reading a little about Alberto’s situation today. He’s going with the Paola Pezzo defense, contaminated food ingestion. Seems like David Millar is going to give him the benefit of the doubt, as of now.

This story at Velonation seems to point the other way.

I’m sure it is going to be interesting in the coming months. The science behind it all is going to be very interesting.

The science might be interesting, but the last part of the WADA code pertaining to this is going to be very hard to get by—-

10.5.2 No Significant Fault or Negligence
If an Athlete or other Person establishes in an individual case that he or she bears No Significant Fault or Negligence, then the otherwise applicable period of Ineligibility may be reduced, but the reduced period of Ineligibility may not be less than one-half of the period of Ineligibility otherwise applicable. If the otherwise applicable period of Ineligibility is a lifetime, the reduced period under this Article may be no less than eight (8) years. When a Prohibited Substance or its Markers or Metabolites is detected in an Athlete’s Sample in violation of Article 2.1 (Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers), the

Athlete must also establish how the Prohibited Substance entered his or her system in order to have the period of Ineligibility reduced.

He is going to have a very hard time doing this.

It worked for Paolo, contaminated beef.

He should not go with the meat and potato defense. He should go with the…………..

………….. turtle blood/beef combo defense. It is a sure thing he’ll retain his Tour de France title if he chooses that route. (No turtles were harmed for this photo.)

4 thoughts on “Contador’s Paolo Pezzo defense

  1. Vdavis

    I completely disagree with this.
    ““It’s a shame that it’s been released when it hasn’t been resolved. I think it’s something that should be resolved behind closed doors and done the way it should be done properly.””
    You would only want this if the system was corrupt and you plan to take advantage of this or you think someone is planning a smear campaign. I am only advocating the lab result only be immediately released. Everything else can be behind closed doors, although I would prefer not.

  2. Hudson Luce

    maybe he was eating horsemeat, Thoroughbred horsemeat …:

    “Editor’s note: The use, both legal and illegal, of Clenbuterol has become a contentious issue in horseracing recently. Clenbuterol, a bronchial dilator, was approved for use in horses on May 11. 1998 by the Food and Drug Administration through the product Ventipulmin Syrup, and at the same time, new tests designed to detect low doses of the drug were being implemented in state drug-testing laboratories. The controversy of Clenbuterol’s effect on performance was heightened when the drug was detected in the top older horse FREE HOUSE after he won the 1998 Hollywood Gold Cup. In high doses, Clenbuterol is thought to have a “partitioning effect,” altering the fat-muscle ratio in an animal, the same effect produced by steroids.”


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