Jörg Jaksche can race again as of June 30. "I have been told that I can ride for a ProTour team and in ProTour races," he told eurosport.de. "The UCI and the tour organiser ASO aren't putting anything in my way." He is in good shape to ride, too. "I have trained well and worked so hard that I can start racing immediately." The only problem for him is finding a team.
"The interest in me has not dramatically increased after the explanation of the legal situation," he noted, and he knows why. "No one wants someone who fouls his own nest," he said in reference to his confession last summer. "The past is not treated with honour. I did it for myself, confessed everything and want to start again at the bottom, but so far no one will let me – that is the wrong signal to send."
The 31 year-old had asked by Team Slipstream, "but unfortunately team manager Jonathan Vaughters has a full team of 25." He figures to have better chances in the German-speaking areas. "In Germany, doping and the fight against [it] are major sports-political themes, a German sponsor ought to be glad to have me. The theme is not so dominant in other countries."
He knows, though, that his time is running out. "If I don't find anything by July, then I will have to be honest with myself. I can't wait forever, nor do I want to."(SW)