I like Jared Bunde, the 31 year old GS Mengoni Team racer who recently got busted for taking a non-allowed substance, Clomiphene.
I met him at a party last week, and he seems like a nice guy.
Last night, GS Mengoni put out a public statement on their website declaring that Bunde was indeed tested positive, and regardless of how he got the substance into his body, Mengoni has a zero tolerance policy and he is off the team.
But after Jared was suspended from racing for two years by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and thrown off his team after testing positive for the substance on July 28, 2007 at the International Cycling Classic in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, all the local northeast cycling world has been embroiled in a storm of controversy over it.
Jared's two-year ban began October 15, the day he accepted a provisional suspension, according to NY Velocity.
NY Velocity also reported that as a result of the suspension, Bunde has forfeited his wins siince July 28, including his US National Track Championship 30-kilometer points race triumph August 28 at Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, and "his sixth-place overall finish and third-place points effort at the Vuelta a Nicaragua, which included a victory in stage five on September 8," said Andy Shen of NY Velocity.
But the boards at NY Velocity are raging with anger about the entire thing. For one, guys are pissed that they raced next to someone that they now think was doping. Others feel that because Bunde doped, now everyone will dope. Still even one writer thinks that having a DWI is a worse offense, and yet no one seems up in arms about that.
And that is a good point, because so many more people are affected by drunk drivers than dopers, a point that Eugene Boronow, a GS Mengoni team member accurately pointed out. Some 45,000 people a year are killed by cars, but you don't hear or read screaming outrage about that: maybe because it's become a fact of life.