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T-Mobile riders told to end Ferrari connection

Three of T-Mobile's Tour de France riders have been told to end their association with controversial sports doctor Michele Ferrari. The team has ordered Michael Rogers, Patrick Sinkewitz and Eddy Mazzoleni to cease using Ferrari's services as a coach and advisor.

The move comes as part of a general tightening-up in the wake of Operacion Puerto as teams attempt to better police their riders' training. T-Mobile star Jan Ullrich and mountains specialist Oscar Sevilla were sent home shortly before the Tour after their names appeared on a list of riders associated with Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes who was arrested in May on suspicion of involvement in a large doping network.

Ferrari is not implicated in Operacion Puerto and was last year cleared of charges of sporting fraud arising from accusations by Filippo Simeoni.

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