Sevilla takes Route du Sud

Oscar Sevilla, overall winner

Oscar Sevilla, overall winner (Image credit: Régis Garnier)

Oscar Sevilla has continued his ways, after a stage victory in Volta a Catalunya, by winning the 31st Route du Sud. The 30 year-old Spaniard took stage two on the way to the final overall in the four-day French stage race. Second overall was Italian Massimo Giunti (Miche).

The win flies in the face of the International Association of Professional Cycling teams (AIGCP). In a meeting on June 13, AIGCP representatives voted unanimously for teams to adhere to the Code of Ethics. Also in the face of the International Association of Cycling Race Organisers (AIOCC), who on April 26 issued a statement that requested teams don't field riders linked to Puerto.

At the time when other Operación Puerto-related riders have been suspended, Basso, or retired, Ullrich, it is inconsistent that others are able to continue to race. "How irritating, to come in following Sevilla raising his arms in victory," said Yoann Le Boulanger (Bouygues Telecom) to El País in regards to stage two, where he finished third behind Sevilla.

"I live in an unjust situation," responded Sevilla. According to the Spanish paper, Sevilla would sign the new UCI document that would declare he has nothing to do with the Puerto investigation, agree to offer up DNA for comparison to the blood found in Eufemiano Fuentes' offices and pay a year's salary in penalty if found guilty of infringements.

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