Is Lampre -Farnese Vini star Damiano Cunego really suffering from gastroenteritis or is it something more ordinary, like nerves, fear, foreboding?
Does he have this season’s most popular peloton malady or is he freaked out of his mind that the Mantova doping investigation will soon have him in deep doo-doo?
Hard to say and we’re making no claims either way. We just couldn’t help notice the natural coincidence: drug investigation, rider’s stomach tied in knots worried about suspension.
These things happen and you never know where things will lead. The aftermath of Operation Puerto still unfold, stupidly, bizarrely and glacially. Some riders like Ivan Basso were sanctioned years ago while Cheat Number 1, Alejandro Valverde rides on despite overwhelming evidence and a CAS ruling against him.
Considering the close ties between the Lampre team doctors and Guido Nigrelli, the pharmacist at the center of the investigation, one would expect Cunego to be a tad concerned. His Giro participation might hang in the balance.
He also knows Montova could plunge the Lampre team into serious trouble. Innocent or not, the avalanche of bad publicity would give anyone an upset tummy.
The wiki says says gastroenteritis can be transferred by contact with contaminated food and water — or in this particular case, a full scale raid by Italian narcotics police.
The acute symptoms include fever, headaches, abdominal flatulence (which means the Little prince is farting big time), fainting and weakness and bloody stool. Not somebody you want in the team bus, that’s for sure.
So here’s wishing the Daminao Cueno a swift recovery and his Lampre team good luck. Innocent until proven guilty is the golden rule. Still, what exactly is Damiano worried about?