Search the news archive:
95th Tour de France - Riccò & Piepoli Fired
By Staff
Date: 7/18/2008
95th Tour de France - Riccò & Piepoli Fired

95th Tour de France - Riccò & Piepoli Fired
Team Manager Mauro Gianetti dismisses Riccò and Piepoli for "doping practices."

Saunier Duval/Scott
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."

  • Discuss this and the sport with other cycling fans from around the world on the Daily Forums and Chat Room.  
  • Sponsor the daily peloton & advertise your product - contact us.
  • Join the Daily Peloton crew, writers, photographers and techs with a passion for cycling and a yen to write: long hours, demanding work and lots of fun. 
Related Articles
95th Tour de France - Answers or Questions
95th Tour de France - Duenas Caught With Banned Substances
95th Tour de France - Saunier Duval Statement re: Withdrawal

Copyright © 2002-2011 by Daily Peloton.
| contact us |