This is the UCI’s idea of targeting testing?
40 year old Davide Rebellin, back from his two year doping suspension, told Gazzetta dello Sport that since his return he’s been tested just three times. “Once at my home in Monte Carlo, and twice at races.”
Rebellin tested positive for CERA EPO at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He also rides for a Miche-Guerciotti team that functions as a haven for riders convicted of doping or sacked by their teams for violations. CERA scofflaw Stefan Schumacher rides for Miche as did Michael Rasmussen until Christina Watches made him an offer.
If there was ever a rider that belongs on the suspicious list and one who merits additional testing, it’s Rebellin. His results since he has begun racing again have been, to quote the cyclingnews article, “remarkable.” What strikes us as remarkable is the lack of testing.
Rebellin won Tre Valli Varesine on Tuesday and as he crossed the finish line, he said he felt “an explosion of anger” That’s kinda what Twisted Spoke felt when we read the UCI has only tested him 3 times in over three months.