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Feideaux said:
Looks like another world champ has bit the dust

Here's the link

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?id=news/2004/jul04/jul29news2

Such a pity, I liked this guy. I hope this report is a mistake, but in the meantime...

Good luck to all the other racers who are not on drugs.

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seeing as he admited to using EPO in the article, i doubt the test is a mistake. Atleast he admits he is wrong instead of the deny deny deny BS we see in many other sports. takes a big man to do that - I wish him all the best.
 

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Italian police are supposedly looking into this (from AP, July 28):

"ROME (AP) -- An Italian cyclist who says he was ``threatened'' by six-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong during the race was questioned by police about the episode, which might be linked to a feud between the riders.

Filippo Simeoni was questioned Tuesday in Rome about the July 23 stage, during which he was chased down by Armstrong, a move apparently related to a dispute about Simeoni's testimony about drug use in cycling, Col. Stefano Ortolani of the paramilitary Carabiniere NAS anti-doping squad said Wednesday.

Last Friday, when Simeoni moved ahead to try for victory on a stage that would not have impacted the overall standings, Armstrong chased him down and herded him back to the main pack.

The sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport quoted Simeoni after he left police questioning as saying ``He prevented me from continuing the breakaway and afterward he threatened me.''

Armstrong's agent, Bill Stapleton, had no comment Wednesday, a spokeswoman said.

Simeoni, of the Domina Vacanze squad, has testified against controversial sports doctor Michele Ferrari, with whom Armstrong has ties. Ferrari faces allegations of providing performance enhancers to riders.

Simeoni told an Italian court in 2002 that Ferrari advised him to take performance-enhancing drugs. Later, Armstrong reportedly called Simeoni a liar, and the Italian now says he is suing the Texan for libel.

Ortolani declined to give details about Tuesday's questioning.

Simeoni was quoted by Gazzetta as saying that while he rode with Armstrong, the Texan said, ``You made a mistake to speak against Ferrari, and you made a mistake to take legal action against me. I have money and time and lots of lawyers. I can destroy you.''

The Gazzetta report, which Ortolani described as accurate, said Italian investigators could open proceedings against Armstrong for sporting fraud, violence, and intimidation of a witness.
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Don't the Italians have better things to do?????
Fraud? Violence? Intimidation?
Did Armstrong belt him one while they were chasing the break???
Isn't chasing a break part of road racing? - I guess that's Intimidating huh???
Fraud? - Armstrong hasn't tested positive for anything that I know of. What's fraudulant???

I wonder if L.A. will choose to go to Italy for the Giro next year in light of this........
 

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That's sad. Just another blow for competitive cycling.

And to think I was amazed when I watched him absolutely rip it up at the short track and XC course at past Sea Otters, too. What a shame.
 

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What a moron. I've seen him race a few times and always thought he was good enough with the juice. I guessed wrong.

I saw him a few weeks ago at the World Cup in Calgary. It was obviously his last major victory. He had been chasing Christophe Sauser around a very rain-soaked course for most of the race. On the penultimate lap he made a move on Sauser right in front of Spike and I. It was a great move and no one saw it but Spike and I and of course Sauser. It was a deserted stretch of course that was mostly deserted because of the lousy weather. I thought that was pretty cool....until now.

Too bad for Belgium. It sure looked like gold was their's.

Feideaux said:
Looks like another world champ has bit the dust

Here's the link

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?id=news/2004/jul04/jul29news2

Such a pity, I liked this guy. I hope this report is a mistake, but in the meantime...

Good luck to all the other racers who are not on drugs.

F.
 

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I like the part where he claims he did it for the first time, 7 weeks ago. Yea, like everybody will believe a cheater. In 1997, Meirhaeghe was not allowed to start the world mountain bike championships in Switzerland after testing for high hematocrit levels.
 
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