I can just imagine that discussion going on between the dynamic duo of Dick Pound and Pat McQuaid over the recent ruling that Manolo Saiz and his company Active Bay can keep their ProTour license. Since Operation Puerto data is on hold pending the criminal trial, everything needs to go back to early July.
We know that a lot of water has gone over the dam since then, so where does that leave us? If you let yourself think about this for a minute, it gives you a headache. Here is the update. If you ever wrote this into a script, you would be thrown out as it being too unbelievable. But as they say, truth is stranger than fiction.
- Alexandre Vinokourov is part of the newly formed Astana team with new management. It turns out, that Astana has no license as that part never came over in the ashes of Liberty-Seguros.
- Manolo Saiz has a license and no team. Ah, but wait. He has contracts with many of the Astana riders including Alexandre Vinokourov and Andrei Kashechkin . This point he is making abundantly clear to anyone who will listen.
- Vinokourov says he will not ride for Saiz since Saiz is currently persona non grata in the cycling world.
What will happen next? Stay tuned.
All this because two knuckleheads decided to jump the gun and move the legal proceedings from the courtroom to the media.