Is the UCI serious
Erik Zabel has confessed to using EPO. This is huge. Now we'll see if the UCI is serious about combatting doping. I am pretty unimpressed by how they reacted to Basso. Is he a cool guy? I don't know. But riders who confess need to know they will get leniency. Basso may only get a reduced sentence because his confession came after it was clear he was in legal trouble; but Zabel could have kept his mouth shut and been fine. His confession is completely unforced from a legal point of view.
If the UCI does anything but grant him amnesty then they are part of the problem.