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Klöden can hope for Worlds

While the German cycling federation (BDR) will discuss the case of Erik Zabel's participation of this year's Worlds on August 29, BDR Sports Director Burckhard Bremer told sid that the chances for Andreas Klöden are good, despite his team Astana having several doping cases in the last few weeks.

Bremer said that the bigger problem is that "Klöden is not racing right now." The sports director indicated that the federation will check on "what preparation they had, which races they did and if the riders are motivated."

Klöden in the mean time wrote on his website, www.andreas-kloeden.com that he just didn't understand why racers are still trying to cheat. He still wanted to be fair and wait for the B sample analysis of team-mate Andrey Kashechkin, but realized that cycling is in the dumps and the dopers are still acting like nothing happened.

He changed his plan and is not participating in the Astana training camp. Instead he will prepare for the Worlds with his coach, Thomas Schediwie.

"I will have to talk about my future with the management and will of course subject myself to all the team's medical and physiological tests."

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