This is incredibly brave!
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Can't a doctor help an international cycling superstar dope in secret without getting in trouble anymore??
It's true, Dr. Michele Ferrari might face criminal charges because of a sweeping investigation for the past several years — parts of which were used in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's report on why it banned Lance from the sport and stripped him of titles.
This new case is believed to be investigating up to 70 people, including about 20 athletes, plus doctors, physical trainers and massage therapists.
Doping is a crime in Italy, and Ferrari was already cleared on appeal in 2006 of criminal charges of distributing banned products to athletes and remains barred for life by the Italian Cycling Federation under a 2002 ruling. Oh, and he's banned by the USADA for life, too.
He was also Lance's trainer until 2004.
Here's what the doctor said in response to his USADA ban in July:
"I have NEVER witnessed any kind of doping practices taking place within the USPS team. I never went to races and at the team training camps I have attended, I was simply performing functional testing and making training programs.
"With regards to the alleged testimonies of riders, some were infamous protagonists of unfortunate events and documented lies. The others probably are those 'semi-Champions' who chose to dope, chasing dreams of glory and money or just for envy, organizing it all themselves for their own sake."
It's hard to believe someone after they've been banned in other regions. Wow.
This whole thing is a mess, and could've been avoided if people who dope didn't take the sport seriously enough to think they needed to do that. So lame!
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