The news is not so much shocking as it is refreshing. When Ivan Basso quit Discovery Channel last week it seemed to be a quiet admission of guilt. This time was not going to be so easy for Basso to get around the CONI investigation. More evidence came about and the DNA match of blood bags with Jan Ullrich did not bode well for Basso. The walls of justice were closing in on Basso.
In a refreshing and positive move Basso fessed up to his involvement in Operation Puerto. The Birillo blood bags were his, and he worked with Dr. Fuentes the whole time. Sure, he lied to the public about his involvement in the Operation Puerto scandal. he lied to Bjarne Riis and Team CSC and Discovery Channel. But, now the truth comes out and cycling fans around the world can feel the air is just a little fresher.
The hidden world of doping in cycling is gradually being exposed. I applaud Basso for fessing up to doping and avoiding a long legal battle simply makes no sense and insults the intelligence of the public. Cycling can survive the constant doping sucker punches if cyclist admit to the offense and help to clean up the system.
Basso should probably lose his Giro title from last year and any other result where he was using the services of Dr. Fuentes. With a minimum two year suspension, Basso could come back to cycling at the age of 31. Although he will not be able to compete at the Tour de France for four years.
Overall, cycling is gradually gutting out the dopers. With teams such as T-Mobile and Team CSC conducting their own tests and keeping DNA record on file, cycling is at the forefront of cracking down on doping. Basso’s confession can hopefully mark a turning point for doping in the peloton.