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Danilo Di Luca and evolution

Robert Millar
May 24, 2013, 18:45,
May 24, 2013, 18:45
Giro d'Italia

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Panasonic teammates Phil Anderson, left, and Robert Millar await team introductions at the 1987 Giro d'Italia.

Panasonic teammates Phil Anderson, left, and Robert Millar await team introductions at the 1987 Giro d'Italia.

  • Panasonic teammates Phil Anderson, left, and Robert Millar await team introductions at the 1987 Giro d'Italia.
  • Danilo Di Luca suffers up the Galibier

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L.U.C.A, the last universal common ancestor is considered to be the common organism from which we have all evolved and yet you could be tempted to surmise that little Danilo has somehow bypassed that process and he got stuck with genes shared with the dodo.

Two times he's had a warning and two times his sorry ass has been in front of the judges and yet he still hasn't learned the rules apply to him.

That tells us not only is he arrogant but he is incredibly stupid as well. He must have known when he got the surprise test that he was in trouble and yet he still turned up at the Giro d'Italia all smiles and ambitions. Just what was he thinking when he rode past the Pantani memorial on the Galibier? He obviously has no respect for himself, his fellow competitors and his peers because he had the cheek to try to win on that occasion, and yet there he was following the same slippery slope to tragedy.

Didn't that register anything in his few brain cells? On every stage I saw him involved in the final moves I was thinking how can the other riders let him even show his face when it might matter, aren't they going to make sure he doesn't win anything, aren't they going to ride him down after all the previous crap he has brought to their doorstep.

And all the time the slime ball had been sitting there on a time bomb of his own making. Well I suppose he didn't quite make it on his own as he obviously had some kind of supplier who is equally as guilty and stupid as Di Luca. But then again the chemist, doctor or so called training expert isn't risking their health or even thinking about a whole group's employment prospects.

His previous collaborations when caught and the resulting punishments obviously haven't done much to change his thinking and it looks like they haven't changed the attitudes of those advising him either, so guys please if you can't play by the rules then don't play at all. Find something else to do which has nothing to do with cycling.

I'm not going to let one dumb-ass spoil what has been a great week of racing as the last few stages have shown what this Giro would have been if the weather wasn't so dreadful.

It's definitely been Movistar's week with the revival of Visconti and the confirmation of Intxausti, the latter's win at Ivrea coming after a fantastic last hour of attack and counter attack. That reminded me what Italian racing is usually like: entertaining, tactical and above all flat out. Way, way better than watching riders shiver and shake through pouring rain or even worse snow. I know some people think it's part of what road racing and Grand Tours are about, all conditions, all terrains and the best man wins, but having to be wrapped in plastic doesn't make for good competition.

All in all the Spanish speakers have had a better ending to this Giro than they did at the start with Sanchez looking particularly frisky and Uran pushing Cadel Evans hard for the runner-up spot after the Australian's disappointing time trial. Through all the murk and the gloom, the snow and the last minute deviations Astana and the SS Nibali have sailed almost unchallenged to a commanding lead. While everyone else, Scarponi, Santambrogio, Henao, and Gesink have all had some kind of bad day, the home favourite has remained on course at the head of affairs and his mountain time trial victory showed just how strong he is in these final days.

The young riders coming through like Majka, Navardauskas, Puccio and Kelderman show there is a renewal going on but Vincenzo's been the ray of sunshine in an otherwise trying environment.

LanterneVerte More than 1 year ago
I usually enjoy this blog but on this occassion I find the tone too personal and to be honest rather spiteful
PJK1972 More than 1 year ago
He's right though. Di Luca is arrogant to think he could get away with it for a 3rd time. There was a story about a Scorpion and a Fox. The Scorpion wanted to cross the river and asked the Fox for a ride on his back. "But you'll sting me and I'll drown" said the Fox. "No I won't or we'll both drown" said the Scorpion. "Ok then" said the Fox who seemed re-assured. About half way across the river the Scorpion stung the Fox hard in his back. "Why?, Now we'll both drown!" said the Fox. "I'm sorry said the Scorpion "It's in my nature". I guess the point I'm making is that Di Luca didn't know anything else. He'd been doping for so long he didn't know how to ride clean. He was a drug addict plain and simple. Goodbye Mr Di Luca. Nobody will miss you in Cycling. I just hope your 2007 Giro win is stricken from the records but I suspect it won't as it couldn't be proved that his suspect sample was any more than that.
Gizzard More than 1 year ago
I think you'll find that the anecdote to which you refer is about a frog and a scorpion, not a fox. Anyway, your point is well made.
tayla555 More than 1 year ago
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Jan-Niklas Jünger More than 1 year ago
A Scorpion or maybe also a Scarponi...
T.Hamiltonrocks More than 1 year ago
I think that is the Scorpion and the Frog.
andrew1991 More than 1 year ago
He is not american so he will not be striped from his results.
Old Derailleur-in-the-mist More than 1 year ago
You've not been paying much attention, have you? (don't see any "stripes" either....oh you mean "stripped" LOL)
andrew1991 More than 1 year ago
Sorry for my mistake. By the way, could you tell me the name of a rider that had all his results stripped from him (With the exception of Lance)? They all do the same thing, but are treated differently. Shouldn't they be treated in the same way? If one lost all his results because he doped the same thing should happen to those who did the same.
Rascal More than 1 year ago
The DiLuca deal reminds me of another story: A man went to see the doctor with two severely burned ears. The doctor said, "You have to tell me—how did this happen?" The man said, "Let me explain. I was ironing a shirt when someone called me on the phone, and I answered the iron instead of the phone." "That is horrible!" the doctor said. "That explains one of your ears being burned. How did you burn the other?" "They called back..."
epofuel More than 1 year ago
Robert Millar is a good guy, and I like his pieces. This one, however, left me luke warm. He´s a little harsh on DiLuca when there so many valid and confirmed dopers still left in cycling, including team managers and DS. Here´s the thing...if DiLuca´s behavior is arrogant and stupid, how do you feel about David Millar, Dave Zabriskie, Tom Danielson, etc., who doped for a very, very, very long time - and would have gotten away with it without having to confess were it not for the Lance drama? The thing that nobody wants to talk about is that there is a little DiLuca in everyone. The dopers have some DiLuca, but the non-dopers who are so naive also have some DiLuca, this childish belief that the rules couldn´t possibly apply to you. The non-dopers pick riders and think they are squeaky clean because they are "likeable". That is insane. The sport is still very much DiLuca, although I will accept that other sports are in just as bad shape without the controls of cycling.
jennings1 More than 1 year ago
epofuel all you talk about is doping. The difference with David Millar is that he is genuinely sorry, & is now an advocate for clean cycling. Millar got busted well before Armstrong, I don"t see the connection. Robert is bitter, lol. If he is bitter at anyone it should be the Spanish who robbed him of the 85 Vuelta. No he just shoots straight from the hip, an honest insightful blog again..
PJK1972 More than 1 year ago
Jennings It's a doping thread. You have to expect a little epofuel to be splashed on the fire :) You are right though thats all he talks about!
dsotherby More than 1 year ago
I think the reality is EPOFuel sees the world in black and white. It's either good or bad, you either doped or you didn't. He can't distinguish between someone like Millar and Vaughters, who have dedicated the rest of their careers to clean cycling, from someone like Di Luca, who continues to repeat his past actions and drag the sport through the mud. EPOFuel isn't very different from a lot of folks we all work and deal with daily... they just don't have the reasoning and intellect to objectively look at seemingly similar scenarios and understand that they are fundamentally very different at the core. Yes, it's true that we have all done some bad things in our past and we will do some shady things in our future, but there is still a huge difference between a white lie and 1st degree murder. Somehow EPOFuel is making a connection between, "he did a bad thing" and "they did a bad thing" so "what's the difference?". It's refreshing to see that most people on this forum see the difference.
Gustavo Medina More than 1 year ago
no love for Betancur :(
matt h More than 1 year ago
I agree with LaterneVerte, that entry is quite spiteful and shouldn't be published. Keep it professional! Just insulting him doesn't change anything other than it reflects back badly on the author.
cyclemike66 More than 1 year ago
I actually find the tone refreshing, deserving and just perfect all around! Good job to you Millar. This is the punishment that Di Lucca needs because nothing else has seemed to work in the past. Three strikes and you are not only out for good but banished and ridiculed by the whole cycling community! Now we just need to strip him of all of his past results and sue him for 100 million bucks!
epofuel More than 1 year ago
Yes, and we need to do the same with ALL valid and confirmed dopers in cycling, right? DiLuca was caught, twice. But many doped for years, are still doping, and are not getting caught. So what´s the different? There are tons of DiLuca´s left. Tons. He was just stupid or someone ratted him out.
ocycle More than 1 year ago
"many are still doping and are not getting caught" - so you know who they are to know there are many, tons even? As they wouldn't seem to fall into the stupid DiLuca category couldn't you just put us out of our misery and rat them out? That would be great, thanks.
Tonton More than 1 year ago
Unlike some of you, I don't have a problem with the tone of Millar's blog: Di Luca's selfish and arrogant behavior is giving a black eye to an otherwise spectacular Giro. It makes me want to scream too. So why tip-toe or wear white gloves? Here, Robert put on his boxing gloves and went swinging, calling a morron a morron, a disgrace to a sport that doesn't need any more Vinos, Riccos, and the likes. The line "And all the time the slime ball had been sitting there on a bomb of his own making" is a gem. Refreshing. Good job Millar.
epofuel More than 1 year ago
No more Ricco´s, Vino´s etc.? Huh? Are you aware that Vino was only caught once, and has every right to be in cycling--especially in light of all the dopers still left in cycling? And Ricco was just doing what everyone else was doing---looking for a way to out-dope the next guy. There are other slimeballs in cycling. DiLuca needs to go, obviously, but cycling really has to admit that the doping problem has always been enormous (the whole dang sport!) and DiLuca isn´t and wasn´t ever the single bad apple.
shapiro More than 1 year ago
You are right - Vino has every right to be in cycling given the sanctions at the time... and he has served his time. But how can you not be disgusted and appalled by a guy who shows absolutely no remorse or contrition? For many fans, my self included, his presence taints the entire Astana team. His olympic win was a great disappointment - and thankfully he got only a brief moment in the spotlight. He is just like Di Luca - he believes he has done nothing wrong - a truly pathetic man (using the term very loosely).
gilgamesh1971 More than 1 year ago
Well written as always!! Allez Robert.
tunguska75 More than 1 year ago
I don't know what the problem is with the article. Robert just said what most people are thinking
ShawnB More than 1 year ago
I love how he slags scapegoat Di Luca as an obvious, sick, unrepentant doper...then, in the same breath actually talks up the hardly-repentant Visconti as a highlight of this Giro, undergoing as he put it, a grand "revival" after confessing his Ferrari links and serving a suspension. Wait...whaaaaat? The Visconti who just testily told off the press that they should not be bringing up his past, but rather should focus on his stage win of today only? Mr. Millar then perplexingly pines for more of what he calls the 'Italian' style of racing: "attack and counter attack"; that the racing be "entertaining...and above all flat-out". Mr. Millar, dreadfully sorry but that sounds exactly like Di Luca to me. As in, we've learned the hard way one needs drugs to ride like that. The one guy who was consistently doing that in this Giro just got the hook for mega-doping.. Now, what is it you're advocating, again? This is a p!ssy piece that makes no internal sense. He is just screeching at the one guy who got caught (which is easy and hardly brave), while standing at the side of the stage holding up the scrim to effectively obscure the others. I'm half convinced the entire piece is just a cynical joke on us, the cycling public. Sorry, but this read as spin. Very glad to be rid of dirty Di Luca, regardless.
veganpotter More than 1 year ago
Di Luca didn't think he was getting away with doping for the third time. He was expecting to get away with doping for the 100+ time. Bernard Kohl(who quit at a VERY YOUNG AGE) basically admited that he tested negative about 100times WHILE ON EPO. The difference with Di Luca is that he probably had a tiny bit too much or he was also not properly hydrated during the test. Outside of a test for CERA....the standard EPO test is the same as it was for the last couple wins for Lance and he didn't test positive in those tours either. ***Again...this month has shown as many positive tests as pretty much any time in recent cycling history. The idea that cycling is getting better is insane. The big difference is that I think there are more cyclists who aren't willing to dope DURING a race and the athletes that are doping during the race aren't willing to be as careless as they used to be
Rob Arena More than 1 year ago
Nothing new here and there are plenty at the top still using all manner of substances to ply their trade.
marcello More than 1 year ago
Justifiable ridicule in my opinion.
Troy Browning More than 1 year ago
What I don't understand is how he was allowed to start the Giro when this test was apparently an out of competition test done in April sometime... if there was any doubt, he should've been disallowed from starting the race until the results were clarified.
Robert Millar

Robert Millar was one of the last pure climbers of the Tour de France, winning several stages in the mountain stages and finishing fourth overall in 1984. He is also the only English speaker to have ever won the prestigious polka-dot jersey climber's competition jersey.

Millar retired in 1995 but has continued to follow the sport closely. He was often critical of the media and quickly cuts through the excuses and spin to understand why and how riders win and lose.

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