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First Edition Cycling News for September 21, 2007

Date published:
September 21, 2007, 1:00 BST
  • Sydney needs asthma volunteers for study

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    September 21, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Iker Rioja

    The University of Sydney (faculty of Health Science) and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital are conducting...

    The University of Sydney (faculty of Health Science) and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital are conducting a research study on the effect of beta 2-agonists on exercise-induced asthma (EIA) in endurance trained people, and are looking for asthmatic athletes to participate in the study.

    While numerous studies have highlighted the increased prevalence of exercise-induced asthma (EIA) in endurance-trained athletes, a condition which involves the use of inhaled b2-agonists bronchodilators, several studies, as well as clinical observations, report that daily use of b2-agonists bronchodilators might lead to tolerance to the protective effects of these drugs.

    Tolerance can lead to delayed recovery from broncho-constriction. In an effort to improve understanding of the effect of chronic use of inhaled b2-agonists bronchodilators in EIA in the athletic population, researchers at the University of Sydney and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Sydney) are conducting a study to determine the effects of different types of inhaled beta 2-agonists on bronchial reactivity.

    Interested athletes 18 years of age or older who train a minimum of three times a week, and are currently taking asthma medications, are invited to participate. Participants will have access to some fundamental data regarding their asthma, including full lung function assessment as well as results of a bronchial challenge test. This information may assist in improving the control of their asthma.

    All testing will be conducted at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Department of Respiratory Medicine. Subjects will be given some financial support at the successful completion of the study.

    For further information or to be included in the study please, contact the researchers: Dr Corinne Caillaud (c.caillaud@usyd.edu.au) or Clare Perry (clarep@med.usyd.edu.au or (02) 9515 6121).

  • Canada announces Worlds lineup

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    September 21, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    The Canadian Cycling Association has announced its squad bound for Stuttgart and the World Road...

    The Canadian Cycling Association has announced its squad bound for Stuttgart and the World Road Championships. The elite men's and women's teams will be made up of four riders, while the under 23 men's team totals five. The full lineup is as follows:

    Elite men: Svein Tuft (road race and time trial), Cam Evans (road race), Ryder Hesjedal (time trial) and Dominique Rollin (road race). Reserve: Andrew Randell (road race).
    Elite women: Erinne Willock (road race), Alex Wrubleski (road race and time trial), Leigh Hobson (road race) and Anne Samplonius (road race and time trial).
    U23 men: Christian Meier road race and time trial), David Veilleux (road race and time trial), Keven Lacombe (road race), Brad Fairall (road race) and Ryan Anderson (road race).

  • Boonen out of Worlds, ends season

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    September 21, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Having not fully recovered from a knee injury sustained in the Vuelta, Tom Boonen has withdrawn from...

    Having not fully recovered from a knee injury sustained in the Vuelta, Tom Boonen has withdrawn from the Belgian world championship team and called an end to his 2007 season. The decision was not an easy one for the 2005 world champion, who had originally planned to remain at the Vuelta until Thursday in order to arrive in Stuttgart on peak form.

    "This was a painful decision," Boonen told Sportwereld. "Unfortunately I cannot complete the training that is necessary for the world championships. I've chosen to offer my place to someone with better chances than I currently have."

    "Tom had been 110 per cent fit and wanted to play a meaningful role in the world championships," added Quick.Step - Innergetic manager Patrick Lefevere. "But it's now a week after his fall and he feels not at his best. It was the logical decision to end his season here. Don't forget that Boonen has been racing since January."

    Boonen's place on the team will be taken by Liquigas' Frederik Willems.

  • Cycling Australia backs Davis

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    September 21, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Cycling Australia has rejected a request from the UCI to withdraw Discovery Channel sprinter Allan...

    Cycling Australia has rejected a request from the UCI to withdraw Discovery Channel sprinter Allan Davis from the Australian world championship team for Stuttgart. The UCI correspondence, received by Cycling Australia on Thursday, cited Article 9.2.002 of the UCI Cycling Regulations as the basis for the request.

    Article 9.2.002 states that "A rider against whom an investigation was opened in relation to a fact which may cause a breach of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, will not be eligible for the World Championships or is not authorised to participate to the World Championships until the end of the suspension or until his definitive acquittal."

    In an open letter to UCI president Pat McQuaid, Cycling Australia responded by saying: "Our position is that clause 9.2.002 cited by you does not apply in the case of Allan Davis as there is no charge pending against him nor is there an open investigation of Mr Davis in respect of any possible Anti-Doping violation. Therefore we feel our Federation has no legal basis to remove him from the team."

    The letter also noted that the Australian Anti-Doping Authority closed its case against Davis in relation to the Operación Puerto investigation on December 14, 2006 on the basis of insufficient evidence, and that Davis issued a statement on July 28 offering his DNA for testing if required.

  • CAS to rule on Valverde case

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    September 21, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Iker Rioja

    The UCI has accepted the proposal from the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) for mediation by the...

    The UCI has accepted the proposal from the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) for mediation by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in order to solve the conflict over the participation of Alejandro Valverde in the world championships in Stuttgart next week.

    The UCI had declared that Valverde was ineligible for participation at the Worlds because he was under investigation for possible doping violations in connection with the Operación Puerto case. However, the RFEC has contended that no new evidence has been presented, and that the UCI has no cause to place the rider under investigation.

    UCI President Pat McQuaid has called for Valverde to submit his DNA for comparison with the blood seized in the Spanish investigation, and thus end all suspicion. "The DNA test would stop all questions about him, but he hasn't put his DNA forward and he is not going to, by the looks of things," McQuaid told Cyclingnews on Thursday.

    "They [the Spanish federation] did ask us to go to CAS and we are prepared to do that in order to get it sorted. We will defend the case in CAS."

    The mediation will take place Wednesday, September 26, in Switzerland, just days in advance of the world championship road race on September 30.

  • Luis Pérez leaves with a victory

    Luis Pérez Rodriguez (Andalucía-Cajasur)
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    September 21, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    By Monika Prell Spaniard Luis Pérez (Andalucía-Cajasur) will leave cycling with a second major...

    By Monika Prell

    Spaniard Luis Pérez (Andalucía-Cajasur) will leave cycling with a second major victory in his palmarès after breaking away to win Stage 18 of the Vuelta a España in Ávila. The 33 year-old, winner of Stage 2 at the 2003 Vuelta, is set to end his professional career this year which began with ONCE in 1995.

    "I am now one of the happiest people in the world," declared Pérez. "I want to dedicate the win to my team Andalucía-Cajasur - from the riders to the whole outfit because it was the only team that had faith in me and cared about having me on its roster."

    Aside from his two Vuelta triumphs, Pérez also won Stage 1 and the overall at this year's Clásica a Alcobendas, but described Thursday's win as the best moment of his long career.

    Interviewed on Spanish television channel TVE, he denied that the victory would have any impact on his imminent retirement, saying: "Although I got today's stage win, I already made the decision. I spent 13 years as a professional rider. For me, there's no better way to finish my career than getting a victory in the Vuelta a España."

  • Pound: Doping is a problem with a capital P

    World Anti-Doping Agency Chairman Richard Pound
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    September 21, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Outgoing World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president Dick Pound criticised the UCI on Thursday,...

    Outgoing World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president Dick Pound criticised the UCI on Thursday, calling the doping issues surrounding the sport "a problem with a capital P". The world championships are set to begin in Stuttgart, Germany next week, and even though the UCI has announced that it has stepped up anti-doping controls to a never before heard of level for this event, performing hundreds of controls and saving samples for future testing, Pound questioned the UCI's decision not to invite his organisation to participate.

    Normally, WADA does not perform in-competition testing, which is the jurisdiction of the UCI, but instead focuses on out-of-competition testing. However, the agency can participate as an 'Independent Observer' if invited by the UCI. WADA participated in an 'anti-doping steering group' on an invitation from the German government earlier this year, and offered its services as an Independent Observer, but was never invited by the UCI to fulfill that role.

    Pound said that if WADA had been invited, "we would probably have gone there, because we criticized - rightly so - the efforts of the UCI in regards to doping for several years," Pound told AFP, adding that his outspoken views were "perhaps one of the reasons why WADA was not invited."

    UCI president Pat McQuaid responded to Pound's comments, telling Cyclingnews, "For [WADA] to be invited to an event as an observer, you need to invite them a year in advance, so they can put it in their budget. There was no question that they turned it down because of any rows with the UCI. That is not the case. The fact is that it was never in their budget to do it, and they are not an actual testing organisation at events."

    The issues of doping in cycling rose to such a fervour in Germany during and after the Tour de France that the world championships were nearly cancelled. "At one point," Pound recalled, "the...

  • Pereiro wants official confirmation

    Pereiro was denied his day in yellow.
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    September 21, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Monika Prell

    Upon the announcement that Floyd Landis had lost his arbitration and received a two year suspension...

    Upon the announcement that Floyd Landis had lost his arbitration and received a two year suspension for testing positive for exogenous testosterone in the 2006 Tour de France, the soon to be declared winner of that Tour, Oscar Pereiro told Radio Marca that he hoped to get official documentation of his victory.

    Pereiro said he hoped to get the official notification "witnessed by notary public" since he was not able to "leave Paris with the yellow jersey." Pereiro said he was "very content with the news after fourteen long months of delay."

    Pereiro did not want to belabor the point, but mourned the many beautiful moments he could have had if he would have been crowned the victor in Paris that July. However, he said "it is necessary to be positive and to see that within ten years it will be wonderful to remember it."

    The Caisse d'Epargne rider said that he was trying to absorb the news, but contrasted his case against that of his team-mate Alejandro Valverde, saying he wished that all cyclists would remain innocent until proven otherwise, and hoped that the UCI and Grand Tours could unite to fight doping worldwide.

  • McQuaid: Landis case shows that it's not worth taking the risk

    UCI President Pat McQuaid
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    September 21, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Shane Stokes

    By Shane Stokes Floyd Landis made history on Thursday, although it is not the kind of statistic that...

    UCI President responds to USADA decision

    By Shane Stokes

    Floyd Landis made history on Thursday, although it is not the kind of statistic that he will embrace or wish to have remembered. The American became the first Tour de France winner to be disqualified for doping, losing his crown after the USADA found him guilty of using testosterone during the 2006 Tour de France.

    UCI President Pat McQuaid learned the decision on Thursday evening and gave his reaction to the news afterwards, saying that the fact that Landis is such a big name shows that there is a no-tolerance approach in the sport.

    "This is a sign that doping will not be allowed," he told Cyclingnews. "It is a sign that anybody who is prepared to take the risk, be they the yellow jersey of the Tour de France or the lanterne rouge, will be caught by the system.

    "There are guys prepared to take a chance, particularly for the ultimate event which is the Tour de France. But it doesn't work. After all, this is the race winner from last year who is being caught, and this year a couple of the big favourites were caught as well. It shows that the risk is not worth it any more...sooner or later these guys are going to realise that fact. Things are getting better and the testing system is improving all the time."

    As the Exum case showed, in the past some high profile Olympic-bound athletes in other sports have had positive test results covered up. McQuaid said that the fact that cycling is willing to take on and suspend the biggest names means that there is clear transparency and a real will to tackle the problem.

    "Whoever they are, they will be hit [if doping]. There will be absolutely no covering up," he stated, explaining that there is also the chance of riders passing tests now but being caught further down the line when better technologies...