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First Edition Cycling News for March 11, 2006

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March 11, 2006, 0:00 GMT
  • UCI doping news

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    March 11, 2006, 0:00 GMT
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    Hedwig Kröner in Digne-les-Bains

    The UCI has reported that the following riders have been sanctioned for doping offences: Cédric Haas...

    The UCI has reported that the following riders have been sanctioned for doping offences:

    Cédric Haas (Fra), tested positive for Acetazolamide during the race Côte Picarde (Fra) on April 13, 2005, sanctioned by Federation Française De Cyclisme, suspension of 2 years from October 12, 2005 to October 12, 2007, disqualification of the race.

    Pablo Lucatelli (Bra), tested positive for Terbutaline during the race UCI Mountain Bike World Cup (Bra) on July 3, 2005, sanctioned by Confederacao Brasileira De Ciclismo, suspension of 3 months from November 4, 2005 to February 4, 2006, disqualification of the race.

    Zinaida Stahurskaya (Blr), tested positive for Stanozolol during the race GP Carnevale Europa (Ita) on July 16, 2005, tested positive for Testosterone during the races Giro di San Marino (SMr) on July 31, 2005 and during Sparkassen Giro Bochum (Ger) on August 7, 2005, sanctioned by Federation Bielorusse De Cyclisme, suspension of 2 years from July 16, 2005 to July 16, 2007, disqualification of the races.

    Danilo Hondo (Ger), tested positive for Carphedon during the race Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia (Spa) on March 3-4, 2005, sanctioned by Court Of Arbitration For Sport, suspension of 2 years from April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2007, disqualification of the race.

  • Davitamon-Lotto and Gerolsteiner for Milan-San Remo

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    Hedwig Kröner in Digne-les-Bains

    The first really big one day race is approaching, with the 97th edition of Milan-San Remo taking...

    The first really big one day race is approaching, with the 97th edition of Milan-San Remo taking place next Saturday, March 18. Davitamon-Lotto has named its preliminary line-up for the race, with eight riders to be chosen from the following 10: Mario Aerts (Bel), Christophe Brandt (Bel), Josep Jufré Pou (Spa) Björn Leukemans (Bel), Robbie McEwen (Aus) Gert Steegmans (Bel), Leon Van Bon (Ned) Wim Vansevenant (Bel), Johan Vansummeren (Bel), and Henk Vogels (Aus)

    The Gerolsteiner team has also named its riders for MSR: Heinrich Haussler (Ger), David Kopp (Ger), Andrea Moletta (Ita), Davide Rebellin (Ita), Stefan Schumacher (Ger), Fabian Wegmann (Ger), Peter Wrolich (Ger) and Markus Zberg (Swi).

  • Bak not seriously hurt

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    Hedwig Kröner in Digne-les-Bains

    Following Lars Bak's withdrawal from the third stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, Team CSC doctor Joost De...

    Following Lars Bak's withdrawal from the third stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, Team CSC doctor Joost De Maeseneer confirmed their young Danish rider is not too badly off: "Even though it was quite painful for Lars, he got away with cuts and bruises," he said.

    "You can't blame us for being lucky at the moment, even though we have to be glad Lars didn't get seriously injured, because it was a really bad crash," added directeur sportif Tristan Hoffman. "Everything is open in this race, and I think Rabobank will try to keep the peloton together during tomorrow's long stage. After Sunday's time trial we will see a completely different top GC."

  • Zabel's legs stop working

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    March 11, 2006, 0:00 GMT
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    Hedwig Kröner in Digne-les-Bains

    Finishing in 35th place, 15 seconds in arrears of stage winner Oscar Freire, Team Milram's Erik...

    Finishing in 35th place, 15 seconds in arrears of stage winner Oscar Freire, Team Milram's Erik Zabel dropped nine places on the overall classification from second to eleventh, but as a result of Paolo Bettini's abandon, the evergreen German becomes the new points leader by default.

    "In the last 500 meters the legs have stopped pushing," said Zabel in a team statement, "and I've arrived [at the finish] with a small gap. Unfortunately, I've not maintained my overall ranking, but I take comfort being the leader in the points classification."

  • Tirreno Adriatico stage 3 wrap-up

    Carnage on the roads
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    March 11, 2006, 0:00 GMT
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    Hedwig Kröner in Digne-les-Bains

    Although three-time world champion Oscar Freire was delighted to once again return to his winning...

    Bettini loses big time on crash-marred day

    Although three-time world champion Oscar Freire was delighted to once again return to his winning ways on the third stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, the good news was overshadowed by a crash-filled day that claimed the scalp of Paolo Bettini, the overnight leader forced to abandon the race.

    At the 80km mark near Piano d'Orta, Danilo Di Luca's attack in windy conditions brought confusion behind as the peloton struggled to follow the wheel of the 2005 ProTour winner. Subsequently, a crash on a descent brought down race leader Bettini, his Quick.Step team-mate Davide Bramati, Andrea Tonti (Acqua & Sapone), Benat Albizuri (Euskaltel) and Lars Bak (CSC); Bettini and Bak were the most seriously injured, with the former escorted to the local hospital in Popoli.

    Once there, Bettini was treated for cuts and abrasions, as well as undergoing an MRI of his pelvis and X-rays of his left knee and right ankle. Quick.Step team spokesman Alessandro Tegner told Cyclingnews that "the exams showed that Paolo Bettini has not broken anything. He has a major abrasions and bruising to his left hand and left hip, as well as right knee and right side of his chest. Paolo is in a lot of pain and will have further exams in the next few days, and it's impossible to say now if [Bettini] will compete in Milano-Sanremo."

    Other riders who abandoned on Friday's stage included Lars Bak (Team CSC), Jaan Kirsipuu (Credit Agricole), Fred Rodriguez (Davitamon-Lotto) and Isaac Galvez Lopez (Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears).

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  • Schumacher discovers himself

    Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner)
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    By Hedwig Kröner in Digne-les-Bains New Gerolsteiner rider Stefan Schumacher has made his debut in...

    By Hedwig Kröner in Digne-les-Bains

    New Gerolsteiner rider Stefan Schumacher has made his debut in the ProTour peloton this season. Obtaining a respectable sixth placing on GC halfway through Paris-Nice (which he lost today), and the white jersey of best young rider, the former leader of the European Continental Tour rankings in 2005 experienced a few stomach problems since the beginning of the 'race to the sun', which weakened his otherwise promising abilities.

    Still, the 24 year-old leads the Gerolsteiner team in France at the moment, showing himself in the hills as well as in the sprints. "I still have to find out," Schumacher replied when Cyclingnews asked him what type of rider he actually was. "On the Continental level, I was good at everything. But now, it's changed so I'm still looking to find my spot. I was up front on the mountain, but there were a few guys still going stronger than me. And to sprint against Tom Boonen, you know... I'm pretty fast in those uphill finishes like the one in Rasteau, which needed a lot of strength, but I'm not explosive enough to be a top sprinter - although I do keep up in the sprints. I'm an OK time triallist too."

    So in his quest for cycling identity, all of this would point towards stage races? "I don't know yet," he insisted. "I felt that the really longer mountain climbs are still something else; and I lack the experience, so I don't know how good I can be there. A ten kilometre climb is OK, but then... I'll definitely do the Belgian classics, except Paris-Roubaix, and I think they suit me. But regarding the Grand Tours or generally, stage races, I still have to find out what I'm capable of. I've never raced a three-week tour, but I will do the Giro this year to see how I go."

    Asked which were his first impressions of the top league of cycling, he answered, "I have been a pro for two years now, and last year I also raced Amstel Gold race, which went well for...

  • Landis' muscles "have class"

    Floyd Landis (Phonak)
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    Chatting to Phonak masseur Freddy Viane at the start of stage five in Avignon this morning,...

    Chatting to Phonak masseur Freddy Viane at the start of stage five in Avignon this morning, Cyclingnews' Hedwig Kröner found out that the former masseur of Lance Armstrong is now Floyd Landis' exclusive physiotherapist. Viane revealed that he, like Jan Ullrich's personal masseur Birgit Krohme, could tell the level of form of his his protégé by the feel of his leg muscles.

    "It does make a difference," said Viane, who has been doing the job for more than ten years. "With the experience, you can also tell the general class of a rider, and I can tell you that Landis has plenty of it! Plus, he has that special killer instinct true champions have." Coming from the one who accompanied Armstrong in six of his seven Tour de France victories, it was hard to argue.

    "Ah, how nice of him to say that," laughed Landis when we spread the word to him. "But I don't know if that system [of comparing muscle structure] works! We'll see, I can't promise."

  • Posthuma comes close

    Joost Posthuma
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    Joost Posthuma (Rabobank) came close to repeating his victory in the penultimate stage of the 2005...

    Joost Posthuma (Rabobank) came close to repeating his victory in the penultimate stage of the 2005 race, when he attacked on the final climb today. But Joaquin Rodriguez was too strong, and the Dutchman finished second. "When Moncoutié attacked at the bottom of the climb, I just went with him, I rode my own rhythm," he told Cyclingnews. "The climb was just a little bit too steep for me. I rode my own tempo; I had good legs but in the steepest part of the climb part it just went a tad too fast, so Rodriguez just rode away.

    "I'm happy because today was much better than the first mountain stage, where I was really bad in the first five kilometres of the climb because of the weather. Here it's not too cold and it's dry, and my legs are better."

  • Paris-Nice stage 5 wrap-up

    Joaquin Rodriguez (Caisse d'Epargne)
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    March 11, 2006, 0:00 GMT
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    Hedwig Kröner in Digne-les-Bains

    It was the longest stage of the 'race to the sun' today: 201.5 km between the walled city of Avignon...

    It was the longest stage of the 'race to the sun' today: 201.5 km between the walled city of Avignon and Digne-les-Bains. The weather was overcast but warmer than it has been, and Spanish rider Joaquin Rodriguez (Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears) had the best legs today to win the stage. Rodriguez, who won a stage in Paris-Nice three years ago, counter-attacked past Joost Posthuma (Rabobank) on the final climb, the Cat. 1 Col du Corobin, and soloed to the finish with 19 seconds to spare. Posthuma hung on for second ahead of Jérôme Pineau (Bouygues Telecom), who led the yellow jersey group home.

    There were no serious challenges to Floyd Landis' jersey, and the American has two more stages to survive before he can claim victory in Paris-Nice.

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