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Date Posted: 03:50:25 05/23/07 Wed
Author: chris t
Subject: Re: Telekom hauntings
In reply to:
's message, "Telekom hauntings" on 23:42:07 05/22/07 Tue
why, would Riis speak out? I believe speaking out will only jeopardise his personal viability, and he would have to divest his holding in Riis Cycling or face ruin.
If Riis discusses how it was done, he would justify himself, and illuminate the performance benefits and wattage increase etc. He then would be implausible when he denies knowledge of his team leaders doping under his watch.
If you believe T-Mobile has little choice but to jettison their cycling investment at the next opportunity, indeed, if it means using a clause in the current contract to pull their revenue now, how is the scenario different from the one CSC corporate faces with Riis Cycling.
Riis, wins the tour as a doped Telekom rider. All monies that flowed to Riis from endorsements and riding salary relates to this event. His personal stature is predicated on this 1996 Tour. It is crucially, and irrevocably linked to the present.
His team leaders have been caught.
Thus, there is no credibility. This could be it for Riis. It may be similar to the dynamic that Ullrich's guilt prompted. He was the catalyst for Basso, Basso will be the same for Valverde, and there may be other names on that tier who are implicated also. I do not mean Mancebo, I mean the elite tier.
Riis' goal is to win the Tour as a manager anddirecteur sportif. How credible is he when he won with dope coursin g thruough he veins?
He is not credible when he denies knowledge of Hamilton, Basso and Jaksche. He is not credible by recruiting Checchini to be his director of training.
Strategy, understand, if throughout 2002, and 2003, when CSC snagged an invite to the Tour with Jaja, and they were on their last legs, with CSC prevaricating over a renewed contract, the Jaksche, Voigt, Julich and Hamilton, all dominated thru Tour of Med, Paris Nice, Liege, Giro, if they never doped for those results, CSC would not have renewed. CSC is predicated on doping, and now, an about face, in the enlightenment of overwhelming evidence,with this Damsgaard progam, is nothing more than expedience.
>It is interesting to see the - perhaps groundbreaking
>- developments occuring in Germany these days.
>First Bert Dietz. Then Christian Henn. Now Rolf Aldag
>is considering a "confession", and is perhaps trying
>to talk Erik Zabel into joining him.
>Brian Holm has already made his own "confession" in
>his book a few years back (although he denied using
>EPO or anything directly illegal, he admitted to
>having used PEDs during his career), and talks
>approvingly of the ones confessing.
>There is clearly a landslide building in Telekom-land.
>Who will be next? And what will the fallout be?
>I am hoping that Riis will tell what he knows (or will
>admit to knowing) soon. He will almost certainly never
>find a better moment to "confess", IMO.
>T-Mobile, on the other hand, seems in a deep crisis.
>The past of the team is under a deep shadow. The much
>touted T-Mobile anti-doping initiative is completely
>in ruins. And T-Mobile was in a period of
>re-evaluating its sponsorship situation even before
>this broke. If the ex-riders had been planning to
>destroy the team, they could hardly have picked a more
>damaging moment to make their confessions. I think
>there is good reason to fear that T-Mobile will close
>after this year, and that is sad, given the team's
>apparent commitment to a new sport.
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