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Thomas speaks out on Dueñas

By:
Mark Zalewski, North American Editor
Published:
July 23, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 19:29 BST
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Latest Cycling News, July 23, 2008
Geraint Thomas wants cheaters out of the sport

Geraint Thomas wants cheaters out of the sport

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Geraint Thomas of Team Barloworld hopes that former team-mate Moisés Dueñas, who tested positive for...

Geraint Thomas of Team Barloworld hopes that former team-mate Moisés Dueñas, who tested positive for EPO at the Tour, goes to jail.

Thomas confirmed to Cyclingnews his stance against Dueñas. "He should get what he deserves. One stupid guy who almost brought the whole team down."

Thomas was thankful that the team will continue. The team management and the Barloworld sponsor will have more talks either this week or early next week. Barloworld is committed to hold the team over until the end of the season. The team will hope to find a new sponsor for 2009. The one thing that will change sooner rather than later is the jersey. Barloworld does not seem to be interested in seeing its name in the races anymore.

While Thomas didn't know if Dueñas had a single room during the Tour, it hardly mattered to him. "Even if he had roomed with someone else, he likely would have found ways around to dope." Thomas did think Dueñas was an isolated case within the team. "We have good guys on the team. There was just one stupid rider who thought he could cheat the system."

Overall, Thomas thought cycling is on a good road. "You see guys doing well one day, then cracking the next. I don't know if that can be just attributed to cleaner cycling, but it is good to see." He especially praised the anti-doping programs of CSC, Garmin and Columbia.

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