The Giro d'Italia has finished with " Nibs " , forecast as winner , taking the Crown ! Good for him , he prepared well with the win , at the " Giro del Trentino " , amongst other work efforts
Some of his challengers for the title , went home due to illness , perhaps brought about by the unseasonably bad weather . Falling from the bike and then " Descending like a Girl " , would have shaken Sir Brad's confidence and desire to fight off the symptoms of bad health , he was fighting .
During the Giro , we saw several Racers , sent home after testing Positive to PED abuse . Georges has caused his Team , to honour their commitment to the " MPCC Code ", thus declaring they would not participate at the Dauphinee Libere Event in June . Di Luca , on the other hand , has even incurred the displeasure of the likes of Lance Armstrong , since this is his 3rd Sanction ! Being a previous winner stripped of his 2009 Giro Crown , you could expect he would have learnt that lesson . But NO ! This imbecile thought " EPO " , was the way to go , a Sponsor of His , convinced " Team Fantini ", that he deserved another chance . Bundles of cash , from that Sponsor , would have overcome the Team Management's desire , to not touch him with a " bargepole ". No matter , the decision was made to allow him to race without testing . Football Teams test the Athlete before signing them on , so what happened here ?
With these TWO , besmirching the Giro's reputation , for being the Hardest of the Grand Tours , the debate about " Anti Doping " , has been thrown into the Public Arena , once again . Days before Di Luca's problem was announced , UCI released a report :
" phat in mouth " , as posterity will describe him , MUST have known about Di Luca's problem , since it is UCI that is reported to be in control of these announcements . Did he rush out the " Brighter Future report " , and attempt to delay the Di Luca announcement ? In recent times , phat , has been giving the impression , that he is hopping around on one foot , with the other firmly jammed elsewhere ! Being paid a SALARY to safeguard the UCI Constitution , does nothing to stop him , putting his self interests above ALL ELSE !
The search for " Anti Doping " solutions continue , but one that came to my attention in February , deserves MORE than the casual glance , that appears to have been given in recent times :
Even i as a fan , have some guilt in these matters , i have been known to chide people such as Christian Vandevelde , for their transgressions , but in general , i have no ability to cause the returned Racer anything other than momentary discomfort .
Until mid June , we will not know what can be done in this ongoing fight , BUT , Cycling Ireland , by refusing to Nominate JIM Burns ( aka pat mc quaid ) , can start the progress towards CHANGE in the UCI and thus a new sense of Purpose at the UCI Congress in September . For my part i can write letters to the Voting Delegates at that Congress , but , if OTHERS , join this effort , those Delegates with the POWER , will understand that the WORLDWIDE CYCLING COMMUNITY deserve better from them !
Here in full is JV's appraisal of the situation :
" The blame game, MPCC and just who should clean up cycling