Alexandre Vinokourov tested positive for blood doping after winning Saturday’s time-trial stage of the Tour de France. Vinokourov has asked for a second blood sample to be tested, but his Astana team have now withdrawn from the race.
David Millar (SCO/Saunier Duval) [near tears] – “I’m sad. He’s one of my favorite riders. You can’t do that to cycling; you can’t do that to clean riders; you can’t do that to the Tour de France. I race the Tour de France without a single injection. I want people to believe in my sport; I want people to believe in the Tour de France.”Eric Boyer (Manager Cofidis) – “I’m completely disgusted. I hope that Vinokourov will not be so cowardly as to deny it, but will explain it to us, tell us who helped him, who participated in this dirty business, because he could not have done it all alone. Vinokourov told us that he only worked with Dr. Ferrari to establish a training regimen. He told us that he was courageous, that the French liked him, that he was stronger than the pain. He told us that we French didn’t know how to manage, that we were weaklings. Now we can conclude that he was a real bastard who has brought even more discredit on cycling through these practices. It’s one more heavy blow, and I hope we can get back on our feet once more. I regret nothing of what I’ve said in the past few days, or the past few months. I demand that the whole Astana team leave cycling as soon as possible.”
Marc Madiot (directeur sportif Française des Jeux) – “A surprise? Absolutely not. No comment. Out. Move along. There’s nothing to see.”
Roger Legay (manager Crédit Agricole) – “What a horror. It’s insupportable. How far are they going to go? This is the moment that everything that’s been put in place for years–the ethical charters, the promises–should be applied. We were right to draw the line, not to play on the same field. One must be inflexible. Out!”