"I am beginning to get the feeling that this case has nothing more to do with finding out who is responsible for the positive samples and whether it really is a doping case," says Danilo Hondo, "Because despite what WADA says, the question of guilt has never been settled. It possibly never will be." Writing on his website, www.danilo-hondo.de, he said "Apparently it has more to do with upholding the rules, and not with the fair, individual handling of a single case.
"Only two weeks ago, the chief judge of the Kanton court specifically said that he thought lifting the CAS ban was right and important. Then suddenly this decision against me. Without notification of a court date and without oral arguments!"
Not only Hondo, but also his attorneys "are totally amazed. They have never seen anything like this in all their time as lawyers, since there was no reason for this decision to be made in a rushed proceeding. According to the court secretary, it should take place in four to six weeks!"
Hondo thanked Team Lamonta, saying, "They were wonderful sporting days, and hopefully they will continue again. You showed that your work is no way third class, on the opposite, everybody did even better they expected."
Hondo did not start in the second stage of the Bayern Rundfahrt Thursday. Race spokeswoman Dagmar Rohe said, "We regret to say that Danilo Hondo was not allowed to start today. The UCI called by his team leader yesterday to inform him that, due to the annullation of a Swiss court's former judgement, he cannot continue the Bayern Rundfahrt. Danilo Hondo already left (Wednesday)."