Early Running for Douchebag of Year - Ricardo Ricco

Hello February. It's cold in MABRA. Please warm up.

Meanwhile, things are happening in the doping world. Besides June and July, it seems that February is a hot time of the year for pros getting popped by WADA. You might remember this time last year when Floyd was making big news of his own ultimately winning Douchebag of the Year honors.

This year, not to be outdone by Floyd is Ricardo Ricco. You might remember this fellow from events such as:

Tossing his bike in a race
Saunier-Duval bike tosser Riccardo Ricco in Italy this year.

Standing on the podium of Giro di Italia totally doped up

Having a pretty hot girlfriend who tested positive for CERA, a new form of EPO

And, of course, testing positive himself

Now, holmes has taken it to a TOTALLY NEW LEVEL. Before the season really even gets kicked off, he gets hit with a sudden illness as a result of a blood transfusion gone wrong. Ricco is in the hospital, no hot girlfriend, no team, no future. I ALMOST feel bad for this guy. Browne Eye blog has a nice little editorial on it here.  Much better than an anonymous illiturate can do here. 

Cycling fans take note of how much Ricco has aged in the past 2 years. A result of the stress that goes with doping for sure...oh...and DOPING!!!
Riccardo Riccò awaits the start of the Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise.

Of course, Cav sums it up the best..to Cyclingnews: Mark Cavendish recently told the press, "It's like a parasite coming back into the sport.”   The sprinter bristles. "It's not the fact of what he did, because everyone can make a mistake. But he doesn't see it as a mistake. He's not even sorry about it."

So, it sounds like it has Cavs support..and I like that cocky cockney speaking missle so Mr. Ricco, you are Douchebag of the Week.