Doubts Arise as to Pezzo's Guilt
Champion biker wants steroid saga over
Thursday, January 15, 1998
It seems that reports of champion mountain biker Paola Pezzo's
demise were premature.
In an exclusive interview with Pezzo's personal handler
Rota, The Mountain Zone has learned that, for the time being, the
heat is off
the controversial cycling star. In fact,
be suspended altogether.
On the 17th of this month, CONI (the Italian anti-doping
commission) will rule
on whether Pezzo's case should be pursued further.
"I would like that this story is finished because
training very hard for next season"
Last Friday, according to
Luciana and sources at Trek/Fisher, Weerner Goehner, of the UCI
Commission, wrote a letter to CONI expressing serious doubts as to
veracity of the Paris lab's findings for three reasons: the lack
in Pezzo's system before and after the Annecy race, the fact
produce the substance naturally in their bodies - especially
menstruation; and the final factor, the high presence of steroids
European meats which could have found their way into Pezzo's
As for Pezzo, resolution is all she is hoping for, telling The
Zone, "we don't
know the future. I would like that this story is finished because
training very hard for next season. My aim is the next World
I would like to set the hour record. Next is training for Sydney."
to Luciana, Pezzo has had a busy winter. "She raced in a ski cross
Sgambeda, a big cross country ski race in Valtellina, Livigno. Now
the meeting of Coni and the National Federation on the 17th," he said.
the final chapter within the week. Ari Cheren, Mountain Zone Correspondent
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