Basso the Anti-Doper

Basso set for UCI drug role – Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Eurosport – Tue, 06 May 10:48:00 2008

Former Giro D’Italia winner Ivan Basso will become an anti-doping campaigner for governing body UCI.

Italian Basso is banned until October due to his involvement in the Operación Puerto doping scandal.

UCI president Pat McQuaid backed the news that Basso will come on board in the fight against drug cheats.

“He has made a mistake,” McQuaid said. “He has paid. I believe he will interpret this role to the best of his ability, for us and for the Italian cycling federation.”

Why do I find this difficult to believe? When David Millar got caught, he fessed up almost immediately, and was an outspoken critic of the doping lifestyle from the outset of his ban. Basso has been living the plush life, and has been nearly invisible … and he didn’t admit any wrongdoing for quite some time after he got busted.

Part of me thinks that Basso is just paying lip-service to the process in the hopes that he’ll get back on a ProTour squad sooner, rather than later.

And McQuaid is gonna help him do it.

Fucking hypocrites.