Saunier Duval/Scott Riders Statement to Sponsors
A letter from the Saunier Duval-Scott riders to the team's sponsors
To the sponsors of Saunier Duval-Scott cycling team
After the incidents in this edition of the Tour de France, we, the riders of
Saunier Duval-Scott, would like to make the statement that the team in full,
including cyclists, technical staff (Mauro Gianetti, Joxean Fernández Matxin,
Pietro Algeri, Sabino Angoitia, and Matteo Algeri), and doctors (José Ibarguren,
Juan Carlos Alameda, and María Sagasti) have always believed in clean and
credible cycling, and this has been the guiding principle in all team meetings.
Our general manager, Mauro Gianetti, has encouraged us to get involved in
humanitarian projects (fighting desertification in Mali, defending human rights,
protecting the environment), teaching the importance of the human and ethical
aspects associated with cycling beyond sports results.
We do not accept, and we strongly condemn, the choice made by riders seeking
victory through deception. Therefore, we would not like this incident to stain
the team's impeccable reputation, or ours, or the management's.
We are not ready to pay the price for the mistakes made by others, so he hope
we can still rely on the trust society has always had in us, stemming from our
serious, honest image.
Our principles have always been hard training and a healthy atmosphere, and
we have been able to abide by them thanks to a team of supportive and helpful
people who have expected sacrifice and good behavior, rather than great sports
results, of us.
We cannot and do not want to ignore the facts: cheaters need to be punished.
But we also believe that those who have always fought honestly to defend the
honour of the team should be protected.
We believe we still have a lot to do in the world of cycling, and we need
your support to continue, showing Saunier Duval-Scott is a team of reliable and
honest riders and, above all, trustworthy men.
The riders of Saunier Duval/Scott: Raúl Alarcón, Raivis Belohvosciks, Alberto
Benítez, Rubens Bertogliati, Iker Camaño, David Cañada, Eros Capecchi, Ermanno
Capelli, Juan José Cobo, David de la Fuente, Jesús del Nero, Arkaitz Durán,
Alberto Fernández de la Puebla, Denis Flahaut, Ángel Gómez, José Ángel Gómez
Marchante, Héctor González, Beñat Intxausti, Josep Jufré, Rubén Lobato, Javier
Megías, Manuele Mori, Luciano Pagliarini, Aurélien Passeron.
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