Chinese officials took immediate action when Radio Shack suspended Chinese rider Li Fuyu for a positive doping test.
“This has nothing to do with Li taking the banned substance Clenbuterol,” said Huang Zhe. “Radio Shack trying to discredit Chinese consumer electronic industry by saying Chinese rider not good enough. We will not accept this action.”
The UCI provisionally suspended Li Fuyu after a sample taken at Dwaars Door Vlaanderen contained traces of Clenbuterol, a banned substance sometimes used as a weight-loss drug and anabolic agent.
Radio Shack officials refused to comment on Chinese allegations that punishing Li Fuyu was a slap in the face for China dumping billions of dollars of cheap electronics into Radio Shack’s markets.
Already stung by an embarrassing public battle with Google over internet surveillance and illegal hacking into private Google accounts, China wasted no time firing back at Radio Shack and even its superstar Lance Armstrong.
“China make Texas look like small island. Radio Shack old bully boy. We invent wheel, fireworks, we make own best search engine,” said Zhe.
The Chinese Cycling Federation, taking a cue from the defiant Spanish cycling federation, may refuse to sanction Fuyu. “Fuyu next Valverde — you see, Western lie spreader,” said Zhe.