No Giro for Hamilton or Jaksche?

Following reports that Tinkoff Credit Systems riders Tyler Hamilton and Jorg Jaksche were named in the latest Operación Puerto dossier of 49 additional cyclists, it now appears that both riders have been sidelined by their team for the Giro d'Italia. Both were missing from the official start list issued yesterday by Giro organisers RCS sport.

Indeed, RCS signed a communique with the other major race organisers on April 26 agreeing to exclude any riders implicated in Operación Puerto from their races, although Tinkoff spokesman Omar Piscina told the Associated Press last week that: "We have no intention of suspending Hamilton or Jaksche. We haven't received any sort of notice from the authorities and nobody is investigating them as far as we know."

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