Training problems in Beijing

The German road team postponed a training ride at the last minute due to visit from doping...

The German road team postponed a training ride at the last minute due to visit from doping officials. The five riders – Gerald Ciolek, Bert Grabsch, Stefan Schumacher, Jens Voigt and Fabian Wegmann – were getting ready to leave the Olympic village Monday morning when doping-control officials contacted Tour de France double-stage winner Schumacher and asked him to give a test.

It meant that team Germany postponed its training ride until the afternoon.

The Belgian team were able to train, but without Silence-Lotto's Johan Vansummeren, who stayed in bed with intestinal problems.

"The rest trained for four hours," Sports Technical Director Jos Smets of the Belgian federation told the Belga press agency. "The jetlag is not entirely over, because we just arrived here on Sunday, and everyone still feels it sometimes. But we can train normally."

The other four Belgian team members are Mario Aerts, Christophe Brandt, Maxime Monfort and Jurgen Van den Broeck. (SW)

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