DiLusional Goes Down

The readership has spoken and apparently I am not hating on dopers enough.  I stole the following from velonews.com.  You’ll have to go there to see his “cornholio” pose. 

I heard a story (from an eye witness) of him dropping to the back at 20k to go and polishing his shoes while his teammates pushed him so he would look good in the finish photos at the Giro a couple years back.  It turns out you CAN buy that kind of arrogance.

CONI seeks further ban of Di Luca

Di Luca faces an additional two-year ban, but has not tested positive.
Di Luca faces an additional two-year ban, but has not tested positive.
Officials at the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) requested Wednesday that Giro d’Italia champion Danilo Di Luca be banned for two years for an abnormal hormone test.The abnormal result – not a direct doping positive – was returned after the 17th stage of the Giro from Lienz in Austria to Monte Zoncolan on May 30.

“Anti-doping prosecutors have requested that the cyclist Danilo Di Luca be brought before a judge to answer accusations of doping, with reference to an abnormal result,” said a CONI statement.

CONI officials asked for the two-year ban in referring to article 2.2 of the World Anti-doping Code concerning the use or attempted use of banned substances or methods.

In Di Luca received a three-month suspension for alleged links to controversial Italian doctor Carlo Santuccione, who is the center of an ongoing investigation dubbed “Oils for Drugs,” which dates back to 2003. In December, Di Luca took his appeal against that suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Wednesday’s recommendation is not connected with the earlier suspension. Instead, CONI has recommended a two year ban, not for a positive drug test, but for abnormal hormone readings which are an indication of – but not direct proof of – the use of performance-enhancing substances.

As well as the 32-year-old Di Luca, Eddy Mazzoleni, Riccardo Ricco and former two-time Giro winner Gilberto Simoni were also tested that day.

According press reports, Di Luca’s results indicated an abnormally low level of hormones, akin to a child, suggesting that the cyclist was injected with water or saline solution after the stage.

Di Luca’s lawyer Federico Cecconi told Italian press agency Ansa that it was wrong to ask for the rider to be banned.

“This situation is not clear and the scientific results are not homogeneous: other than Danilo’s complete innocence, without wanting to turn this into an issue, how can you ask for a ban in a case such as this,” complained Cecconi.

Di Luca, who rode for Liquigas last season but has since joined the Swiss LPR team, has denied having been injected with anything at all.

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25 thoughts on “DiLusional Goes Down

  1. What is going to save the sport? It looks worse than baseball right now. Its a joke. Cycling is cool, racing no longer is. I knew the sport was in the tanks when when me and my 6 yr old watched Landis win the stage after his disasterous day in the tour. That night on a family bike ride he emulated Landis’ one arm punch victory salute. I told my son that I use to race mtn bikes against him back east as a junior back in the day. He loved Landis every since that day. Then I had to explain why he was no longer the winner. My 6 yr old was so confused. I had to explain the drug thing and cheating etc. Ever since he has refused to watch cyling on TV with me. I rather see him be a stoner snowboarder than a cyclist now. What a shame.

  2. Thanks for your comments. I tend to look at thing the exact opposite. For years, the douchebag cheaters had pretty much free reign to do whatever as long as they were not totally retarded about it. Now, guys are getting popped left, right, and center and teams are based hugely on the idea that “the times they are a-changin”. Of course, we could argue over how much of that is marketing, but from my perspective things are getting better.
    As far as baseball goes, I don’t pay a lot of attention, but I would guess that we’ve only seen the tip of that iceberg.
    PS- Bike Racing- still cooler than a milkshake on an iceberg.

  3. I agree. It’s going to get uglier in baseball and football in a hurry.

    The only reason it isn’t ugly now is they have good unions that fight for the right to cheat and owners that gleefully look the other way just so long as revenue continues to skyrocket.

    If MLB and NFL had half the spotlight on it cycling does, those sports would be ruined. It’s happening, but it’s happening with owners, players and their handlers doing everything possible to control the damage. Cycling simply wasn’t that organized.

  4. Yeah, the thing is I don’t care about football or baseball. I mean, I care that kids are making the choice that the only way the can succeed in those sports is to take a needle in the bum, but as far as who wins it has no bearing on my life.

  5. Good responses, but I have more to add. First the rules need to be clearer in the sport. Everyone is giving Rock Racing a hard time, but heh, didnt Tyler server his suspension, move on and get over it. Thats like getting serving two sentences for the same crime. Everyone in cycling is making their own rules, ASO, UCI, etc.. Its stupid. Nothing anyone is doing is helping. Cycling needs a real union for the cyclist, but to race the cyclists need to agree to real testing. The entire system is broke. You can say its getting better, but everyday its worse in my eyes. I was really looking forward to watching the classics this spring, but is it even going to be legit, who is going to be allowed and who isnt? Come on, its broken. You got to admit to that.

  6. Also the sport of professional cycling is no longer looked to for role models in my household. Local racing and cyling is cool, hence why I read everyones blogs, but the big picture is bleak. Dont get me started on the olympics.

  7. Yeah, it’s all broken and what-not, but I just look at it like there’s going to be growing pains, or shrinking pains or what have you, but for things to continue to go the way they were before is not the answer.
    Pro cycling is cool. There are a lot of good guys out there. I wouldn’t look to anyone I don’t know personally as a role model (in or outside cycling) as people will always disapoint you in one way or another.
    I think domestic pro cycling is the best it has ever been.

  8. Yes, domestic and local cycling is cooler than it has ever been. I think Cross has the potential to be really cool in the states if USA cycling doesnt do the same number on it as it did with NORBA and mtb racing.

  9. Cycling/racing is what you make of it. Local blogs, training articles, team rides, it’s all good (except that apparently there are too many local Cat. 1’s), so I don’t know what you guys are complaining about. Get rid of Versus, revamp your internet Bookmarks, and go hang out with the homies. Grassroots baby! It makes no diddly squat worth of difference who wins the Amgen Tour of Cali or the France Tour of Amgen. None! Would you argue that it does?

  10. People will always cheat–get over it. It’s not just cycling, or even athletics. People from every walk of life cheat, and will continue to do so as long as there are opportunities to get ahead. We can sit around and complain about the injustice, or we can recognize that even though all kinds of people cheat, not all people do. I hope that cheaters get what they deserve; in the meantime, I’ll do what I know is right and hope others do the same.

  11. Pio sez:
    >It makes no diddly squat worth of difference who wins the Amgen Tour of Cali or the France Tour of Amgen. None! Would you argue that it does?

    Yes, I would absolutely argue that. It has, does, and will make a difference for me personally.

    Faceless- Get over it? Just because people do it, doesn’t mean you have to accept it. If I put you into the curb, should you just get over it? If I decide to break into your house and take your TV, should you “get over it?”. Sorry but that doesn’t wash for me.

  12. That’s the problem with blog comments. They’re spontaneous and not always well thought out.

    I don’t mean we should ignore cheaters. If you put me into a curb (please don’t, by the way), I can cry about it, I can run you into a curb next time, or I can report it to the race officials and leave the matter in their hands. I think the final option is the best.

    My “get over it” was meant to say that cycling is not a disgrace. It’s just like anything else. There will always be cheaters, but as long as steps are being taken to correct the problem, it seems lie wasted energy to dwell on the few or many who choose cheat. It makes more sense to focus on what you can do to make things better.

    Pro cycling is still fun to watch (in fact, the scandals add a soap-opera element to it). Does it matter? That’s up to everyone to decide for themselves. For me, it does.

    And if you stole my TV, I’d probably get over it. Just as long as you don’t touch my iPod.

  13. You probably have some issues with cheaters that are more personal than for most of us and I don’t want to delve into that. We all have our pet peeves. I was actually referring to an unhealthy degree of “fandom” of cycling that I find puzzling. Yes, I despise cheaters as much as the next guy (perhaps you being an exception), but ultimately I consider professional athletes to be entertainers. Hearing of cheating in professional cycling bothers me to no greater degree than reading about some Hollywood starlet’s premature demise. It’s just perspective I suppose, but it’s always fun to blog about.

  14. Faceless said:
    That’s the problem with blog comments. They’re spontaneous and not always well thought out.

    No, that’s what makes it fun!!

    Yeah, I am with you both. I promise not to put you into a curb, but watch out for your iPod.

  15. I am just suprised no one jumped on my “rather see him be a stoner snowboarder than a cyclist now. What a shame.”

    Maybe us knuckle draggers are not hated as much as I thought??

  16. Pio said it,

    Grassroots is where it is at. There are still folks to look up to on the upper levels of the sport, now is just a confusing time.

    I know doping is more rampant in the bigger dollar sports, but more money=more turning of the cheek(cause the left cheek has too many needle holes in it)

    But in the end the fans have to help take it back, i can’t say how, but a positive attitude works wonders (no pun intended) Asking your local rep why they sponsor some jackhole like Diluca helps. Inviting pro-conti teams to big races may help.

    showing up and racing in your local series helps, be it road/mtb or cx.

  17. woohoo, another user of the term jackhole!

    I like to pretend I invented that word back in 2003 when I worked for the absolute worst person in the world.

  18. Woohoo! Another user of the term jackhole!

    I like to pretend I invented that word back in 2003 when my boss was, indeed, a jackhole.

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