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Pereiro wants official confirmation

By:
Monika Prell
Published:
September 21, 2007, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:15 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for September 21, 2007
Pereiro was denied his day in yellow.

Pereiro was denied his day in yellow.

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Upon the announcement that Floyd Landis had lost his arbitration and received a two year suspension...

Upon the announcement that Floyd Landis had lost his arbitration and received a two year suspension for testing positive for exogenous testosterone in the 2006 Tour de France, the soon to be declared winner of that Tour, Oscar Pereiro told Radio Marca that he hoped to get official documentation of his victory.

Pereiro said he hoped to get the official notification "witnessed by notary public" since he was not able to "leave Paris with the yellow jersey." Pereiro said he was "very content with the news after fourteen long months of delay."

Pereiro did not want to belabor the point, but mourned the many beautiful moments he could have had if he would have been crowned the victor in Paris that July. However, he said "it is necessary to be positive and to see that within ten years it will be wonderful to remember it."

The Caisse d'Epargne rider said that he was trying to absorb the news, but contrasted his case against that of his team-mate Alejandro Valverde, saying he wished that all cyclists would remain innocent until proven otherwise, and hoped that the UCI and Grand Tours could unite to fight doping worldwide.

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