Alberto Contador’s mother Paqui Velasco says her son is ready to retire from cycling should meatgate, the clenbuterol controversy, turn out badly for the Spaniard.
“He says: ‘I’m thinking about quitting cycling when all of this ends. It’s not worth it,'” Velasco told The Associated Press.
That’s not all she told the press because Paqui is a veritable fountain of information on pro cycling. For example, she contradicted Jens Voigt’s assertion that he’d have had a difficult time riding for Alberto and against his good friends, the Brothers Schleck.
“This is not true. Jens told me just the opposite. He’s loves my son and has tremendous respect for him. Jens had paella at my house and those were his exact words,” said Paqui. “He said he was tired of riding for someone so pale and was looking forward to Alberto’s darker skin.”
She was also quick to dismiss comments made by Eddie Merckx that her son should be “punished heavily” if found guilty. “No, I know Eddie very well and he must have been drinking that terrible Belgium beer. These are lies invented by journalists. Eddie really likes my son Alberto — he was just pretending to like Armstrong all those years,” said Velasco.
Velasco went on to say that recent statements by UCI president Patrick McQuaid about Spain having a serious doping problem were incorrect.”Yes, we have pharmacies, as all countries do, but we do not have a doping problem. I am close friends with Maria, Juan Carlos Castano’s mother — the head of the Spanish Cycling Federation — and she assured me personally that Spain is very careful with doping,” said Velasco. “Maria is not one to make things up.”
However, Contador’s mother was disturbed by her son’s offer to have his urine stored for years so that retroactive testing could prove his innocence. “I don’t like this at all. It’s disgraceful that he has to have all that icky urine in bags for that long,” said Velasco. “What if the bags leak? It’s just disgusting.”