Recently Jonathan Chodroff admitted to use and possession of EPO (see Joe Papp investigation at velonews.com). For the record, it is important to note that Jonathan rode with the RideClean team as a guest rider for two days, before retiring from the event, at the 2008 Tour of Utah. Obviously RideClean had no knowledge of Jonathan’s illicit history. The management and the riders of RideClean are saddened and upset with this news. This illustrates how pervasive the problem is. RideClean, however, will take this negative experience and use it as fuel for a stronger push towards its main objective to positively influence cycling culture and the future generations of athletes in pursuit of ethical sport. The mission remains the same: “RideClean, and be Proud of It.”
Here is a link to an interview with Betsy Andreu - for anyone that has been following the proceedings there is definitely some food for thought in this article
There are several late season victories to report:
State Team Time Trial Champs 1st place Pro 1-2 and new course record
Picacho Peak Time Trial 1st Pro 1-2 new course record
State Ind. Time Trial Champs 1st and 3rd Pro 1-2, 1st 40+
Kit Peak Time Trial 1st Pro 1-2
State Hill Climb Champs 1st Pro 1-2 (David Glick in picture), 1st 40+
Tour de Scottsdale 1st Pro 1-2
RideClean team member Matt Cooke claims 12th place overall and secures top amateur ranking in one of the America's toughest stage races!
1 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Rock Racing) 12:28:35
2 Darren Lill (Team Type1) 0:00:46
3 Jeff Louder (BMC Pro Cycling Team) 0:01:29
4 Alex Howes (Garmin/Felt) 0:01:54
5 Philip Zajicek (Fly V Australia) 0:02:03
6 Burke Swindlehurst (Bissell Pro Cycling) 0:02:18
7 Matthew Busche (Kelly Benfit Strategies) 0:02:36
8 Patrick McCarty (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis) 0:03:05
9 Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing) 0:04:14
10 Brent Bookwalter (BMC Pro Cycling Team) 0:04:18
11 Dan Bowman (Kelly Benfit Strategies) 0:05:38
12 Matthew Cooke (RideClean P/B Patentit.com) 0:07:24
13 Glen Chadwick (Rock Racing) 0:08:44
14 Peter Stetina (Garmin/Felt) 0:08:47
15 Max Jenkins (KFAN Composite Team) 0:09:02
Issues persist regarding PED's and cycling, both domestically and abroad as evidenced by the latest reports.
First Piere Bordry expressed concern regarding the use of two new PED's: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/afld-president-suspects-new-drugs-in-pel...
Then the news of Astarloza's positive EPO test: http://tour-de-france.velonews.com/article/96245/astarloza-tests-positiv...
Next the firing of Kirk O'Bee from the domestic Bissle Pro Team: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/bissell-sacks-obee-for-contract-violatio...
And the on going, extremely protracted, investigation of Ullrich and his possible breach of oath regarding his relationship and payments to Dr. Fuentes (Operation Puerto): http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/ullrich-investigated-for-lying-under-oat...
And this is only 1 week in the sport of cycling, not to mention, for example, MLB.