December 29/97 10:11 am - Pezzo in Trouble?
Posted by Editor on 12/29/97
Pezzo Doping Scandal?
Word is starting to leak out that World Cup and World Champion Paola Pezzo had a positive result in a drug test back in September. The Italian rider, who races for Gary Fisher and won the gold medal at the `96 Olympics, appears to have had a positive test after the World Cup final in Annecy, France for the anabolic steriod Nandrolone. Pezzo is scheduled to defend herself before an anti-doping committee in the early New Year. If the positive result is upheld, she would most likely be stripped of both her World Cup and World Championship titles (Note: Alison Sydor would take the World Cup title, and the bronze medal at the Worldâ€šs in that situation). Pezzoâ€šs camp say that she is innocent and point out that she tested negative at the Houffalize, Belgium World Cup the week before, and the Worldâ€šs, two weeks later.
The situation brings up some interesting points:
1. Why such a long wait before the investigation?
2. Italian cycling has had some history of being, shall we say, less than rigorous in implementing penalties - would that happen here if the positive result stood?
Belated Birthday Greetings
To mountain biker Lesley Tomlinson, who celebrated a birthday on December 26th.
New Years Resolutions
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