Oscar the doping cat. Using all nine lives.
Here’s an ironic gem from Oscar Sevilla that seems to sum up the entire Spanish Cycling Federation: “I am supposed to find out about the Spanish Federation’s decision in November and December. But, I don’t think anything will happen.”
That’s right — while he was caught last August, a full year ago at the Vuelta a Colombia — Sevilla expects to just keep racing and has no expectation or fear that he’ll be sanctioned by his governing body. That would be the Spanish one that let Alberto Contador off the hook and still hasn’t ruled on Ezequiel Mosquera and his positive test for a hydroxyethyl starch at last season’s Vuelta a Espana.
The wheels of cycling justice do not turn slowly in Spain — they don’t rotate at all due to a chronic wheel shortage.
Oscar is like a cat that always lands on his feet, clips into the pedals again and starts racing. The teams get smaller and the races less prestigious but the paychecks keep coming. And you’ve always got fellow Operacion Puerto buddy Francisco Mancebo for company.
“I would like to be on a big team because I like the good conditions of professional cycling,” said Sevilla. “But, I have had bad luck because of these problems. I guess that is life. Now, I can only live in the present, and what is happening with me now. I can’t keep thinking about the past or the future.”
There’s another gem right there. It was just his “bad luck” that he had “these problems.” Hey, call a needle a needle and a transfusion a transfusion, willya?
We always kinda liked the baby-faced Sevilla when he was riding for Kelme but then things got ugly. In fact they got downright hideous. Still, life rolls on and Sevilla and his Gobernacion de Antioquia team are racing the Tour of Utah this week.
When you’ve got the Spanish Federation on your side, you just keep racing.