Leblanc Attacks Italian Cycling
– Reported in Datasport.it –
Leblanc turns his steps to the war: “Perhaps we have confirmation that a new evil has arrived from Italy”
Between the organizer of the Tour de France and Italian cycling there is a great resentment. After the much discussed exclusion of Pantani and Cipollini, after the blows and responses between France and the same Lion King over the issue of Paris-Roubaix, Jean Marie Leblanc turns his steps to the war and lays attacks to the latest doping scandals that have been uncovered in the pink caravan.
“Perhaps we have the confirmation, with these new cases, that a new evil has arrived from Italy – affirms Leblanc – What is happening in Italy inspires in me a new sense of caution”.
The organizer of the Grande Boucle confirms then that he is waiting for the evolution of the facts regarding the case of Gilberto Simoni before deciding whether or not to keep or withdraw Saeco‚s invitation to the Tour. “The situation is very delicate. There is a lot of difference between a visit to the dentist and the use of EPO and NESP. His defense is plausible and we’re watching carefully for adequate confirmation. We wait for the results from the counter analysis, hopefully it will be quick and then we can make a definitive decision. If it is as we expect, we will reconsider the participation of Saeco, who, deprived of their leader, doesn’t have the same value. It would be a misfortune, because he is one of the principle rivals of Lance Armstrong. We haven’t discussed which team we would invite in their place. I have an idea, but it is premature to discuss it right now”.