95th Tour de France - Riccò & Piepoli Fired
Team Manager Mauro Gianetti dismisses Riccò and Piepoli for "doping practices."
Press Release 18/07/2008
After Riccardo Riccò ´s arrest by French gendarmes, SAUNIER DUVAL-SCOTT
General Manager, Mauro Gianetti, said he was shocked and bitter about this sad
incident, adding that he understood the Tour chief's aggressive words and that
he felt sorry for being cheated by riders he trusted.
Gianetti did a personal investigation and consequently lost faith in Riccò
but also in Piepoli because of a violation of the team's ethics code. As a
result, Mauro Gianetti immediately fired these two riders
By accepting the due course of these procedures, the Team Manager and the
team decidedly reject doping practices:
"We have always paid close attention to what our riders are doing, and have
always demanded an irreproachable attitude to their profession and to our code
of ethics. All our riders gave us guarantees that they were clean. Riccò swore
on his mother's head that he had never turned to illegal substances or means to
improve his performance. Despite all the efforts made both internally and from
outside the team we have failed to avoid this deplorable situation. We are the
victims of the deceitful behaviour of those who put our sponsors' investments
and the jobs of so many honest people at risk with the loathsome purpose of
improving their cycling performance."
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