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Press Release: Saeco-Longoni Sport – May 23, 2002

This is the full text of a press release issued by team Saeco-Longoni Sportin the morning of May 23, 2002PRESS RELEASEConcerning the rider Gilberto Simoni and the breaking news he was involvedyesterday, after doping controls in Giro del Trentino, Saeco Longoni SportCycling Team guesses to point out his own position.1)      The team have the maximum confidencein its rider and respects his professionality, but every team's behaviouror official decision will be mainly finalized to guarantee its own corporate image and its management habits2)      Saeco Longoni Sport team, evendoesn't think much

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This is the full text of a press release issued by team Saeco-Longoni Sportin the morning of May 23, 2002


PRESS RELEASEConcerning the rider Gilberto Simoni and the breaking news he was involvedyesterday, after doping controls in Giro del Trentino, Saeco Longoni SportCycling Team guesses to point out his own position.
1)      The team have the maximum confidencein its rider and respects his professionality, but every team’s behaviouror official decision will be mainly finalized to guarantee its own corporate image and its management habits2)      Saeco Longoni Sport team, evendoesn’t think much of the way news were diffused, confirms his duty toclear, even in a short time like that, the circumstances in which thispresumed doping case should be developped3)      In this way the company, accordingto the journalists requests during yesterday morning press conference,applied Gilberto Simoni to show in a short while the medical declarationconcerning the dental therapy before Giro del Trentino. Simoni’s relativeswere involved to contact the doctor, while a team representative was onthe place to keep the document.4)      As far as this document reliabilityconcerned, whose someone doubts, the company hasn’t any reasons to suspectabout its truthfulness. The same is for the document’s date (24th april)that is not a remarkable element5)      Saeco-Longoni Sport team takesinto account all remarks about scientific explanations of the problem,appointing its medical staff to contact some specialists to obtain a definitiveanswer.6)      The company agrees all the pressstatements for the situation that Giro is facing now, with the risk thatinternational rules concerning doping controls may compromize the technicalresult of the race. Moroever it’s evident like unjustifiable delayes createdthis situation. It should be better to communicate this case before Giro,or waiting until the end.7)      Saeco-Longoni Sport team confirmsits will to respect the rules and the sensibility of cycling supporters.A good result of Gilberto Simoni in this Giro is the first team’s aim,wishing that every sense of doubt and suspect will be dissolved.Campitello Matese, 23th May 2002
Ufficio Stampa Saeco-Longoni Sport