Aldag, D'Hont, Ullrich and Swiss Cycling

Rolf Aldag, a former Team Telekom rider and now directeur sportif for Team High Road, isn't worried about claims that former soigneur Jef d'Hont is going to write about him in his new book, "I am very, very relaxed about this," Aldag told sid. "He can write all the books he wants to, as far as I am concerned. It is fascinating to see how someone can say I only told half the truth. He doesn't know anything about the protocol of the 17 hour-long questioning with the Bundeskriminalamt (German federal police), the public prosecutors in Freiburg and the anti-doping agency."

D'Hont's first book last spring sparked off a series of doping confessions by former Telekom riders. He has said his next book, which will appear in November, will contain further details about doping on the team in the 1990s.

The Belgian also indicated that he would go to court against Jan Ullrich. He claimed last May that he had given the German rider at least one shot of EPO, a statement for which Ullrich sued him. D'Hont has now said that he will counter-sue and ask to have his costs covered as well as ask for payment for damage to his reputation, according to the German news magazine Focus.

In other Ullrich news, the head of the Swiss cycling federation clarified the situation of the Swiss investigation the German, who rode under a Swiss license. Bernhard Welton of Swiss Olympic, which handles doping investigations for the Swiss sports federations, said that he would forward his recommendations to the disciplinary committee this summer.

However, Swiss Cycling's technical director, Roland Richner, caused confusion when he told the German web site,"We can't and won't undertake anything." Viktor Andermatt, head of Swiss Cycling, told Cyclingnews, "The investigation is not being conducted by Swiss Cycling. At this time we cannot give you any definite information. The Taggespiegel printed merely the opinion of the responsible person, although because he is not in the country, the statement cannot be confirmed." (SW)

(Additional reporting and research provided by Susan Westemeyer)

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