from the UCI, regarding the Dutch 'anti-doping' investigation into the recent Armstrong EPO fiasco:
The UCI firmly deplores the behaviour of Mr. Vrijman, who has prematurely voiced, offending the agreements that foresaw that all parties implied would be informed before any public comment on the report content would be done. [VN]
so ... apparently, Vrijman (who, let's not kid ourselves ~ is quite the rider's advocate when it comes to doping investigations) leaked out to the Dutch press his findings on the Armstrong EPO bruhaha from last year.
As I understand it, this investigation headed by Vrijman was focused on determining the rightness/wrongness/legality, etc of the leaking of information and investigative processes regarding test results of Armstrong's frozen urine - not whether the urine actually was his and/or contained EPO?:
The International Cycling Union appointed Dutch lawyer Emile Vrijman last October to investigate the handling of urine tests from the 1999 Tour by the French national anti-doping laboratory, known by its French acronym LNDD. [VN]
I just don't know. But, what does it all mean? What are the ramifications if Armstrong is somehow exonerated from or nailed for EPO use?
For me personally, of course, it means next to nothing. My love for the sport, like many I would say, transcends any specific golden calf of the moment. But, there is the impact on ... marketing of the sport. How sad that ... the true health of any modern (western?) endeavor relies more on its marketing presence than it's substance.
I can't help but think that is the case.
And so, if Lance dies or flies ... it will have a huge impact into the dollars and sense being pushed or not into our minute-man American attention span.
So be it.