Spanish Cycling over-rules Kuurne Brussels decison. Names Beloki winner of 2002 Tour de France.
Once again defying the opinion of the UCI, WADA and now race commissaries in Belgium, the Spanish Cycling Federation has issued its own ruling on the expulsion of four riders in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.
Edwig Cammaerts (Landbouwkrediet), Arnaud Coyot (Saur-Sojasun), Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Cervelo) and Arnoud van Groen (Veranda’s Willems-Accent) had a lead of over seven minutes when they blasted across a red light train crossing with the safety barriers still open.
Spanish Federation president Juan Carlos Castaño told El Pais, “In our opinion, they are the winners of KBK. Spain does not recognize the train crossing or the Australian Sutton as the victor.”
Armando Rojas, one of the four judges, explained the decision. “What is red and what is green? Colored lights are open to interpretation. In Spain, red is the color that makes the bull attack. We decided to honor this red,” said Rojas.
In an extraordinary special session held late Sunday night after several rounds of sangria, the Spanish Federation issued a number of startling rulings:
Joseba Beloki was named the winner of the 2002 Tour de France instead of Lance Armstrong.
Roberto Heras was re-instated as the winner of the 2005 Vuelta Espana.
The Federation also declared May 11, Eufemiano Fuentes Day, in honor of the doping doctor behind Operacion Puerto.
Spanish judges also accused Stuart O’Grady, the winner of the 2007 Paris Roubaix, of cheating and named second place finisher Juan Antonio Flecha the winner.
They also officially, at least in Spain, have re-christened UCI President Patrick McQuaid as El Bufón, The Buffoon.
The series of provocative rulings also extended beyond the world of professional cycling. Rafael Nadal’s loss to Roger Federer in the finals of the 2010 ATP WOrld Tour in London was also overturned and Nadal declared the champion.
Spanish Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso was also retroactively named 2010 World Champion. Alsonso had barely lost out to Sebastian Vettel in the last race of that year in Abu Dubai.
The one year ban on Spanish Olympic swimmer Sergio Garcia was annulled. Garcia had failed three times to notify anti-doping officials of his whereabouts.
Not content to rule on just on major sporting events, the Spanish Federation then announced that it disputes the vote for best foreign picture at the recent Academy Awards. The Oscar went to the Danish film In A Better World instead of Biutiful, starring Spanish star Javier Bardem. According to Federation president Juan Carlos Castaño, “Bardem kicked that Danish film’s ass.”
According to Spanish daily newspaper El Pais, this is just the beginning of an extensive set of rulings and retroactive decisions from the Spanish Cycling Federation.