The biological passport wins again. Or does it? Remembering that there is no positive test here, just aberrant blood values picked up by an ‘expert committee’ looking over longitudinal data. Now they may well be right, and I for one have faith that the committee knows what they are looking for – but if you were actually innocent
(always possible, you know) how would you
feel about 2 years off work for no apparent reason? Gutted? Plus the shame of it. Then again, if we added power values over time to this biological data would that add some extra robustness and quell any doubts? Is it needed or do we simply need more trust in the present system?
Pellizotti Banned For Two Years By The Court Of Arbitration For Sport | Cyclingnews.com
Italy’s Franco Pellizotti has been suspended for two years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after it upheld an appeal by the UCI.
The 33 year-old was snared by the UCI’s Biological Passport before last year’s Giro d’Italia but was then cleared by the Italian Olympic Committee in October.
Pellizotti’s legal team had requested an urgent verdict and the arbitrators took just five days to reach their decison. His ban is expected to last until May 2012. Fellow Italian Pietro Caucchioli was also given a ban, with CAS confirming the two-year suspension issued by the Italian Olympic Committee.