Chipping away at Omertà

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11/6/2012| 0 comments
by Neil Browne
Pat McQuaid and Hein Verbruggen Fotoreporter Sirotti

Chipping away at Omertà

A slow process but an achievable goal.

As Vaughters tells Velonews, “Is there the possibility of cover-up? ... A lot of those problems can be solved by moving the anti-doping under a different roof” This different roof needs to be far away from the UCI.

There will always be the possibility of omertà affecting our sport. However, the sport is slowly making the code of silence harder to maintain. Armstrong is out and only Bruyneel remains, like a vestigial organ, from the Postal Team gang. Organizationally the leaders of the UCI are feeling the heat from the AIGCP as well as the public. The Support Kimmage fund (now at over US$90,000) that is found on NYVelocity and Cyclismas is an example of the lack of faith the general public has in the UCI. These final steps in removing omertà completely will come from the younger generation of riders. To them institutionalized doping will no longer be the norm but rather the exception.

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