Ricardo Ricco’s decision to separate from his girlfriend over a positive doping test (as reported on CyclingNews) has enraged the cycling Twitterati.
Let’s be clear about this – it was her test, not his. Vania Rossi is a cyclocross rider; a sample taken from her at the Italia Cyclocross Champs on 10 January showed positive for CERA, the advanced EPO variant, and she has been preliminarily suspended, pending tests on a B sample. She is maintaining her innocence, a position which RiccÃƒÂ²’s reported statements somewhat undermine.
RiccÃƒÂ², if you remember, was kicked off the 2008 Tour de France forÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ testing positive for CERA. He has since apologised for cheating, and is due to race for Ceramica Flaminia this season once his two-year ban ends in March. The couple have a son together.
Robbie McEwen (@mcewenrobbie), in particular, used some very judiciously chosen words to describe his reactions, which I won’t repeat but which sum up the general sentiment. As the Italians say: ‘Vergognati!’Ã‚Â Like so much to do with doping, the whole affair just stinks. Robbie, we need more pros being outspoken on doping: I couldn’t agree with you more.