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Saiz: The best thing to do is forget

Peter Cossins
May 13, 2013, 18:30,
May 13, 2013, 19:31
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Saiz (r) and former Tour de France director Jean-Marie Leblanc clashed at times about the approach against doping.

Saiz (r) and former Tour de France director Jean-Marie Leblanc clashed at times about the approach against doping.

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Former ONCE boss says he might return to cycling after being cleared in Puerto trial

In his first interview since being cleared of a crime against public health at the conclusion of the Operation Puerto trial two weeks ago, former ONCE and Liberty Seguros team boss Manolo Saiz has described himself as much sadder man than he was before the Puerto investigation started in 2006. Asked about his next move, he said “the best thing I can do is forget and move on”.

Speaking on Spanish national radio, Saiz declared, “Nobody can return what has been taken from me”, explaining that he has sometimes struggled to deal with his situation over the past seven years. “You know you are doing something very well but you voluntarily step away from it until the truth comes out and as that ends up taking such a long time you end up alone… and you’re not even the same person. In this case, you’re not the same Manolo that you were before.”

He went on to describe himself “more subdued, thoughtful, much more insecure and affected in many other ways”. He admitted the extensive media coverage had impacted on him, saying the Puerto case created more headlines than terrorist activities and political corruption. “But you just have to accept it and turn the page,” he said.

Now 53, Saiz believes he still has time to return to some kind of role within sport and, “if something suitable turns up”, perhaps even cycling. In his opinion, he added, the world of cycling “is in exactly the same position as every other sport”, explaining “there are many more good people in it than bad.”

Weiwen Ng More than 1 year ago
Hey Manono, here are two things you could do to show us that you really are one of the many good men in cycling: 1. Tell us who doped on your teams. Tell us why you helped them - because we know you did. And tell us how many of these folks you bullied into doping, so we can at least cut them a bit of slack. Do this before you conveniently forget about anything. 2. Don't come back.
frenchfry More than 1 year ago
Sounds like Saiz sees himself as a victim instead of the criminal that he really is. If scum like this gets back into cycling (and I wouldn't doubt he will) then there is no hope - none.
FFrenchcyclisme More than 1 year ago
Saiz and your pals Bruyneel and Riis GET THE F..K OUT OF CYCLING!!
Bob Thomson More than 1 year ago
what a steaming pile.
el gringo More than 1 year ago
Manolo, come back so you can get busted under the new Spanish anti-doping laws and maybe do some jail time while you're at it. See how that changes ya.
bowchickabowow More than 1 year ago
I think my last post was moderated out. I used the f word; my apologies to Cyclingnews. Let me rephrase: Dear Manolo: Go screw yourself. No one wants to hear any more of this nonsense out of your stupid, lying, criminal, fat face. Sincerely, Nearly every cycling fan on planet earth.