So Ricardo Ricco tests positive for EPO and Saunier Duval has left the Tour.
God, it's just so frustrating.
I have no idea what the situation is with the rest of the team, but assuming that this was a personal decision on Ricco's part to cheat, I feel so sorry for the rest of his team. According to VeloNews the team had no idea about the positive result until they all showed up to sign in this morning for stage 12. The team director and Ricco were given the news and the decision was made to pull the entire team out of the race. Talk about having the rug pulled out from under you. Here you are thinking that you're working your guts out for a great team that's having a fantastic Tour with two stage wins already under their belt and then you suddenly find out that your team leader has been cheating, your Tour is over and you're on a plane back home.
The first two positives were bad but they were relatively unknown names in the peloton. Given that Ricco is a team leader and a winner of two stages at this year's race, today's news packs a harder punch.