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First Edition Cycling News for August 6, 2006

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August 06, 2006, 1:00 BST
  • Breschel and Johansen extend

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    Antonio J. Salmerón

    Team CSC has extended the contracts of Allan Johansen and Matti Breschel for one and two years...

    Team CSC has extended the contracts of Allan Johansen and Matti Breschel for one and two years respectively.

    "These are two strong Danish profiles," said Bjarne Riis to team-csc.com. "Allan has a lot of experience as a rider and has had a great season this year. He has kept on delivering results, he's consistent and has a great attitude. It is well deserved, that he won the Danish Championships, and it's obvious to everyone, that he's keen to create more results. Matti is one of the really big talents both in Denmark and internationally. I think he has the chance to go very far in the classics and also the big one-day races. He's proven to us all, that he can compete with the best at the finish, and I look forward to following his progress over the next few seasons."

  • 3 Molinos Resort look to the future...

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    Antonio J. Salmerón

    By Antonio J. Salmerón The names of the 14 riders and two technicians who have been affected by the...

    ...but without 14 riders and 2 technicians

    By Antonio J. Salmerón

    The names of the 14 riders and two technicians who have been affected by the early withdrawal of 3 Molinos Resort Murcia Turística as a team sponsor have been revealed now. According to El Faro de Murcia, the riders are Jose Antonio Baños, Julio Bravo, Alexis Rodriguez, Jordi Riera, Sergio Dominguez, Ruben Lorca, Pedro Luis Castillo, Jose Cano, Mario Box Quinto, Isidro Cerrato, Rafael Casero, Francisco Pellicer and Pedro Martinez. They held a meeting with the sponsor on Friday to discuss their situation, which has deprived them of an additional year with the team, as they all had contracts running until the end of 2007. Only Jan Hruska, Santos González, Jorge Ferrío, Mikel Artetxe, Toni Tauler, Alberto Benito, Jesus del Nero and Jesus Buendia have deals for just this season, and will therefore not be affected.

    But in the latest twist, 3 Molinos Resort has announced that, "there exists the firm intention of continuing indefinitely, but it is necessary to trim the team and the budget, without compromising on quality."

    At the moment, the 3 Molinos Resort will take part in the Vuelta a Burgos with Jan Hruska, Jorge Ferrío, Mikel Artetxe, Jesús del Nero, Alexis Rodríguez, Eloy Teruel, Rafael Casero and Julio Bravo.

  • Mayo, Contador and Hruska in Vuelta a Burgos

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    Antonio J. Salmerón

    By Antonio J. Salmerón Last year's Vuelta a Burgos winner, Juan Carlos Domínguez (Unibet.com), will...

    By Antonio J. Salmerón

    Last year's Vuelta a Burgos winner, Juan Carlos Domínguez (Unibet.com), will have as his main rivals Iban Mayo (Euskaltel), in his first race back since the Tour, Alberto Contador (Astana) and Jan Hruska, who leads the controversial 3 Molinos Resort. But Rubén Plaza and Eladio Jiménez (Comunidad Valenciana), Jose Iván Gutiérrez (Illes Balears), Jose Joaquin Rojas (Astana), and Pedro Horrillo (Rabobank) can also be considered among the favourites for the Spanish tour.

    The peloton will be composed of 144 riders from 18 teams, six of them ProTour: Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears, Euskaltel Euskadi, Saunier Duval and Astana (all Spain), Milram (Italy) and Rabobank (Netherlands). The continental professional teams are Kaiku, Comunidad Valenciana, 3 Molinos Resort, Relax Fuenlabrada and Andalucía Paul Versan (Spain), as well as Chocolade Jacques, Unibet.com and Landbouwkrediet-Colnago (all Belgium), and Acqua Sapone and Team Androni Giocattoli (Italy). finally, the field is completed by two Spanish continental teams, Grupo Nicolas Mateos and the Viña Magna-Cropu team.

  • Astana for the Vuelta a España

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    By Antonio J. Salmerón UCI ProTour Astana has already named its provisional line up for the Vuelta a...

    By Antonio J. Salmerón

    UCI ProTour Astana has already named its provisional line up for the Vuelta a España, which starts on August 26. Unipublic is allowing the team to take part in the race in accordance with the UCI's decision to allow it to continue, although there is still discussion about which licence it will race under. The yet to be finalised sale of the Active Bay licence to Astana, and the changes announced in the Astana organisational structure have not been considered to be grounds for Unipublic to exclude the team, even if Unipublic initially didn't want to allow any Astana rider implicated in Operacion Puerto.

    The Vuelta team will consist of Carlos Barredo, Assan Bazayev, Alberto Contador, Andrey Kashechkin, Aaron Kemps, Sergio Paulinho, Luis Leon Sanchez, Alexander Vinokourov and Sergey Yakovlev. Among the substitutes, there are Jose Joaquin Rojas, Koen de Kort, Dani Navarro, Jose Antonio Redondo and Eladio Sanchez.

    Astana has also announced its lineup for the Vuelta a Burgos (August 6-10): Aaron Kemps, Koen de Kort, Alberto Contador, Carlos Abellán, Dariusz Baranowski, Dani Navarro, Eladio Sánchez and José Joaquín Rojas and the Clásica de San Sebastián (August 12): Assan Bazayev, Andrey Kashechkin, Aaron Kemps, Koen de Kort, José Antonio Redondo, Luis León Sánchez, Alexander Vinokourov and Sergey Yakovlev.

  • Four riders excluded from the Vuelta a Colombia

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    Cycling News

    The medical inspectors at the 56th Vuelta a Colombia, which started today, have excluded four riders...

    The medical inspectors at the 56th Vuelta a Colombia, which started today, have excluded four riders for having high haematocrits, after the entire field was tested before the race. The riders were Harvey Hernàndez (Frugos del Valle), Gerardo Rodrìguez (Colombia es Pasion), Paul Torres (Gobernaciòn del Zulia-Alcaldia de Cabimas) and Aldrin Salamanca (Loterìa del Tàchira- Banfoandes). They will not be able to race for 15 days, and will be subject to further controls before they can race again.

  • Red powder latest in masking technology?

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    Cycling News

    More news is coming out of the Operacion Puerto affair, which seemingly has links to several...

    More news is coming out of the Operacion Puerto affair, which seemingly has links to several different locations around the world. German magazine Der Spiegel reported that the Spanish Guardia Civil found fake EPO, originating from China, at Dr Eufemiano Fuentes Madrid laboratory, as well as anabolic products from a "secret laboratory". There are also reportedly small groups of "doping doctors" all over the globe with links to Dr Fuentes.

    In their searches, the Guardia Civil found four envelopes containing a red powder, which is able to neutralise synthetic EPO so that it doesn't show up in urine tests. It's guessed that riders rub the powder on their hands and drop some of it in as they give a sample.

    Courtesy of Radsport-news.com

    April 2, 2009 - Valverde indignant over possible suspension
    April 1, 2009
    - Valverde: Italy requests two-year suspension
    March 13, 2009 - Le Monde newspaper hit with fine over Puerto allegations
    March 2, 2009 - WADA president Fahey asks for Puerto evidence
    February 24, 2009 - Spanish federation seeks access to Puerto blood bags
    February 20, 2009 - CONI considers Valverde case while UCI awaits verdict
    February 19, 2009 - Valverde under criminal investigation
    February 11, 2009 - Valverde summonsed for Operación Puerto in Italy
    February 8, 2009 - Eight charged in Operación Puerto

  • Reactions to Landis B sample finding

    The laboratory at Châtenay-Malabry
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    August 06, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Antonio J. Salmerón

    Reactions to 2006 Tour de France winner Floyd Landis' B sample confirming the "adverse analytical...

    Reactions to 2006 Tour de France winner Floyd Landis' B sample confirming the "adverse analytical finding" of the A sample, continue to leave the cycling world in a spin. Although legal proceedings may continue till December or January next year, possibly longer, it appears a number of the sport's figures have already cast judgement on the 30 year-old American, as can be read below.

    When Landis' B sample returned positive, his Phonak team fired their star rider, effective immediately, which is in accordance with the ProTour ethical charter and the team's internal code of ethics.

    Read the team statement: "Landis will continue to have legal options to contest the findings. However, this will be his personal affair and the Phonak team will no longer be involved in that.

    "Team owner Andy Rihs deeply regrets this development. At present, he is clarifying with all parties involved what consequences this may have for his company ARcycling AG, the operator of the Phonak Cycling Team. Andy Rihs and Team Manager John Lelangue will make in-depth statements regarding this matter at a media conference to be held in the next few days."

    Spaniard Oscar Pereiro, who finished second to Floyd Landis at the 2006 Tour de France and is poised to claim the winner's prize should the American be found guilty and sanctioned, appeared to have changed his tone to that of a few days ago.

    In a recent interview with Cyclingnews, Pereiro said: "It is not the same - it doesn't have the same flavour," referring to the possibility of being named Tour winner before the result of Landis' B sample was known.

    However, at a press conference in Vigo, Spain, today, he said: "Right now I feel like the winner of the Tour de France. It's a victory for the whole team." Added Caisse d'Epargne spokesman Francis Lafargue to AFP: "You can just...