It appears that CONI, the Italian Olympic Committee has reopened it's inquiry into the Operation Puerto doping scandal and is seeking to bar any riders involved from racing in Italy. A small part of this year's TDF passes through Italy. Guilt by association. Alberto Contador faces the same problem.
...in other news, an Italian (again) was sentenced to 4-1/2 years in prison after being convicted in the cocaine death of Marco Pantani.
Maybe it's time to legalize doping? Later this weekend, I'll post an article/column from one of the contributing editors at Mountain Bike Magazine from back in '05 when the Tyler Hamilton snafu hit the headlines. Personally, I do not condone any sort of foreign substance in an athlete's body, but he certainly has a strong argument to the contrary.
Food for thought over beer & peanuts when you're tired of watching football.