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Latest Cycling News for August 14, 2006

Date published:
August 14, 2006, 1:00 BST
  • Milram for Trittico Lombardo

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    August 14, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Tim Maloney, European Editor

    Team Milram will be sending the following six riders to contest the 'Trittico Lombardo' series of...

    Team Milram will be sending the following six riders to contest the 'Trittico Lombardo' series of races in the Lombardy region of Italy, which include the Tre Valli Varesine (August 15), Coppa Agostoni (Aug. 16) and Coppa Bernocchi (Aug. 17)

    Riders: Mirko Celestino, Claudio Ghisalberti, Andry Grivko, Fabio Sacchi, Giovanni Visconti, Michele Gobbi
    Direttore Sportivo: Oscar Pellicioli

  • Le Mevel, Pauriol & Talabardon extend

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    August 14, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Tim Maloney, European Editor

    26 year-old Frenchman Christophe Le Mevel has extended his contract with Crédit Agricole for two...

    26 year-old Frenchman Christophe Le Mevel has extended his contract with Crédit Agricole for two more years, reports wielrensite.nl. Compatriots Rémi Pauriol and Yannick Talabardon have also had their contracts extended, with the former till 2008 and Talabardon until the end of next year.

    Le Mevel's moment came on Stage 16 of the 2005 Giro d'Italia, while Pauriol won the young riders classification and the mountains classification in this year's Paris-Correze and Route du Sud respectively. Talabardon has so far won a trio of small one-day races, including Mi-Aout Bretonne, the Tour de Jura and Prix du Leon. All three riders will not be participating in the upcoming Vuelta a España.

  • Elminger to AG2R

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    August 14, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Tim Maloney, European Editor

    Swiss rider Martin Elmiger will ride the 2007 and 2008 seasons with AG2r Prévoyance, reports AFP ....

    Swiss rider Martin Elmiger will ride the 2007 and 2008 seasons with AG2r Prévoyance, reports AFP. 27 year-old Elminger began his career at Post Swiss in 2001 before joining Phonak the following year, where he has stayed till now. He has been national champion of Switzerland twice, in 2001 and 2005.

  • Hushovd to lead CA at Vuelta

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    August 14, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Tim Maloney, European Editor

    Double stage winner at this year's Tour de France, Thor Hushovd, will be leading his Crédit Agricole...

    Double stage winner at this year's Tour de France, Thor Hushovd, will be leading his Crédit Agricole team at the upcoming Vuelta a España, reports AFP. At the Tour, Hushovd won both the prologue and the final stage on Paris' Champs Élysées. The Norwegian will be supported by Mads Kaggestad, Pietro Caucchioli, Laszlo Bodrogi, Dimitri Fofonov, Mark Renshaw, Anthony Charteau, Benoît Poilvet and Cyril Lemoine.

  • Julich: "No one is able to cheat anymore"

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    August 14, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Tim Maloney, European Editor

    Writing in depth about the now questionable achievements of the 2006 Tour de France winner Floyd...

    Writing in depth about the now questionable achievements of the 2006 Tour de France winner Floyd Landis in a special column on ESPN.com, Bobby Julich said he felt disappointed about what has happened, but continues to side with his compatriot. However, the American also admitted at present, "the only people we have to blame are ourselves".

    Wrote Julich: "Looking at the Floyd situation, he had to go through some major, major difficulty, mentally, after Stage 16 [of the Tour de France]. I don't believe Floyd would've been arrogant enough to think he would've gotten away with something like this. It's almost like you have to look at the people who were around him that maybe could have influenced him or given him this substance without him knowing."

    Julich also criticised the way the news broke about Landis' samples testing positive, comparing the case to that of American sprinter Justin Gatlin, whose test results were announced four months after he first tested positive in April. "And because of a leak, his dream turned to a nightmare very quickly. We just felt that even though he was positive in both his "A" and "B" samples, he should have been given time to defend himself properly, instead of basically being tried immediately in the public eye," he wrote.

    Continued Julich, "So it's a simple fact that the tests are in place, and they're obviously catching people. But we don't really understand why it has to be such a long, drawn-out process after someone is caught before he can be punished. Maybe that gives the guilty parties more of a reason - like, 'Hey if we do this, we can get off on a technicality. Even if we get caught.'"

    Regardless, the 34 year-old from Reno, Nevada, said it's a confusing time for all cyclists and athletes, but the athletes must recognise the tests are getting better, and calls for tests that are "100 percent waterproof where there is no second-guessing", "where no-one is able to cheat anymore".

    "There...

  • Pound attacks Landis and USADA

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    August 14, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Tim Maloney, European Editor

    By Tim Maloney, European Editor In a tersely-worded opinion column in a Canadian newspaper, Dick...

    By Tim Maloney, European Editor

    In a tersely-worded opinion column in a Canadian newspaper, Dick Pound, ranking member of the International Olympic Committee and president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, took aim at 2006 TdF winner Floyd Landis and the United States Anti-Doping Agency, claiming the latter may subscribe to a theory that Landis was "ambushed by a roving squad of Nazi frogmen".

    Pound appears to be struggling to contain his cynicism in his capacity as WADA chief. In the August 9, 2006, edition of the Ottawa Citizen, he authored a column titled "It's time to come clean", where he beseeches Landis and 100 metre sprinter Justin Gatlin - who's also tested positive to testosterone - to inform on their "enablers".

    An extraordinary aspect of Pound's column - given he is chief of WADA - is his seeming assumption that Landis is already guilty, well before the American cyclist has faced any official charges that may be brought against him by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a positive test for testosterone at the Tour de France.

    "Landis, winner of the fabled Tour de France, following a Cinderella comeback late in the race, erasing a disastrous day-before, now seems to have taken a morning-after pill to recover from the previous failure and will likely be stripped of the crown that is the dream of all cyclists - the Yellow Jersey in the showcase event of cycling," Pound wrote.

    The WADA chief doesn't stop at Landis, however; he also targets the USADA and cycling in general. "We will have to wait for the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to organize an appeal process, since both (Landis and Gatlin) are American athletes, before any formal sanction can be pronounced.

    "Who knows, USADA may subscribe to a suggestion that both athletes (Landis & Gatlin), in separate sports, were ambushed by a roving squad of Nazi frogmen and injected against their will with the prohibited substances....