Benedetto Roberti: a sane voice in a mad world

start the engines, we need to get Travis Tygart and the Italian prosecutor Benedetto Roberti installed as joint-heads of the UCI. this is the guy who’s working on evidence against Michelle Ferrari, aka Doctor Dope. and, well, i’ll just let him speak:

“The UCI should take away Bjarne Riis’ licence, he’s confessed. They didn’t take away his 1996 Tour win and they even let him work as if nothing has happened. The UCI should take a clear stance and for sure is responsible too.”

“We’ve got to control whoever teaches cycling to young people. Who raced in the eighties and nineties could be dangerous. Things have to be cleaned up at this level. We need new managers and technical staff rather than a manifesto and ethics codes. We need a jump in the culture and to make doping not worth it. We’ve got to work with the families because it’s about contracts and money. We’ve got to teach young people that it’s more important to promote a sponsor’s good name rather than just easy wins.”

“You can’t fight doping with just repression. The problem is to change people’s mentality, make them more responsible. Nobody seems ashamed of what they do. It’s not only cycling, the world is like that today; drugged by a thousand offers, especially culturally. People don’t know how to distinguish between good and bad.”

Benedetto Roberti
Benedetto Roberti

Author: Lee Rodgers

Cycling coach, race organiser, former professional cyclist and the original CrankPunk.

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