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.
………….. 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.)