Thursday, June 9, 2011
Andrea Noè Becomes a Blogger
Andrea Noè has retired from cycling and now has become a blogger at www.andreanoe.it; it's in Italian. Noè began his professional cycling career in 1993 and retired after this year's Giro d'Italia.
In 2007, at the Giro d'Italia, the then 38 year old Noè took the leaders pink jersey on stage 10 By doing that he became oldest rider ever to wear a leader's jersey in any of cycling's Grand Tours. He held onto the jersey for a second day before relinquishing it to Danilo Di Luca.
Today's entry is "Absurd" in which he describes a visit this week by the WADA anti-doping officials that rung his doorbell to take samples for the biological passport. This, inspite of having announced his retirement from cycling and advising the UCI, WADA, and all official bodies, that he has retired. However, as his professional license doesn't expire until 31 December the controls continue.
Noè asks, "Do they have so much money to throw away, to analyze a former athlete? It would be better to better control the cyclists that are at this time preparing for the forthcoming major competitions."
If you can read Italian I believe Noè blog will be of interest.
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