Now you know why Russian Denis Menchov of the Flaming Shoe Irons is on the UCI ‘suspicious” list.
The latest revelations in Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera about dope-doctor-to-the-stars Michele Ferrari are pretty spicy — like arribiata spicy.
New reports indicate that police have already seized 2.4 million Euro from Menchov’s accounts, with a total of 10 million Euro seized during the investigation. The man is loaded and we assume Denis must have a really nice espresso machine.
You’d think with that much money in the bank, he’d smile more often. Nicknamed the Silent Assassin, we’re also giving him a second moniker: The Quiet Bank Depositor.
The story goes that Ferrari was stopped by police outside a bank in San Moritz, Switzerland with a bag “full of cash.” We hope it’s a stylish Italian leather bag that matches his well-tailored Armani suits.
Police also have record call intercepts with the seven time Tour de France winner and “most tested athlete in sports” Lance Armstrong. Lance’s code word for Ferrari was allegedly “Number One.” We’re assuming that his son Stefano was number two but it’s too early in the investigation to know for sure.
The naughty list has about 30 names on it including Menchov, Armstrong and Michele Scarponi involved in this criminal undertaking. Ferrari himself was already banned for life by the Italian Cycling Federation but hey, a man’s got to put bread on the table and millions of euros in those banks.
Still, this is an Italian investigation so it may suddenly go away for another year, only to resurface with a few more accusations and telephone recording and then disappear again. Menchov and Scarponi are still riding and have no plans to stop.
However, this does move Denis Menchov up the not-so-secret UCI suspicious list. He was scored as a nine out of a possible 10 but now jumps to ultra suspicious, joining Radio Shack’s Yaroslav Popovych at 10.