The Week That Was...

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06/2/2003| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin

The Week That Was...

Ian Melvin comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.

As if there had been any doubt this past week as to who was going to be wearing the final Maglia Rosa of this year?s Giro d Italia, Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) cruised home in 18 th place on the final 33km stage in to Milan to take overall honours, crossing the finish line blowing kisses to his adoring tiffosi.   ?I prepared meticulously for the Giro.   I was especially careful with my diet.   I weigh just 57 kg and my bike goes on it?s own?, said the winner and added, ?I?ve never been so fit so early and prepared well for the Giro?.   <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>


Simoni?s next major race is the Tour de France this July where he?s looking to challenge Armstrong?s reign.   Simoni states ?Armstrong has never had a true adversary in the cols of the tour.?   And just in case you fail to over throw him Gilberto, you best have the last word and throw down the gauntlet: ?He should come to the Giro at least once.?   Second placed rider on the general classification was Stefano Garzelli (Vini-Caldirola), over seven minutes behind.   Alessandro Petacchi (Fasso Bartolo) came away with an incredible six stage victories.   ?I don?t have any words, it?s an incredible Tour? said the Italian.   Let?s also remember Cipollini?s 2 stage wins, surpassing the legendary mark of 41 stage victories set by fellow Italian Alberto Binda.   All in all, it?s been a fantastic race with none of the scandal from the previous few years.   Let?s hope it?s a sign of things to come in the future.


Meanwhile, last week?s predicted hot shot for the future, Francisco Perez (Milaneza-MSS), has just had his crown stripped from him following his two non-negative test results for EPO abuse at this year?s Tour de Romandie where he finished third on GC behind Tyler Hamilton (CSC).   The counter analysis will not be available until 17 th June, which leaves an anxious wait for the talented rider who commented, ?I haven?t taken anything.   There must be an error.   Besides that the blood control I did on the eve of the race showed that my heamatocrit was normal, between 46 and 47 percent?.   If found guilty, it could lead to a two year suspension for the rider.


One rider to have recently been informed of his punishment for failing a drugs test at least year?s Tour de Vendee, is 30-year-old Laurent Roux.   Having previously also failed a test four years ago, the Court of Arbitration for Sport in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
ruled that Roux should be suspended for 4 years beginning on 27th May 2003 .  See you in 2007 Laurent.


Up and coming ex Junior World Champion Michael ?Dodger?
has won his first major European pro race ? the Tour of Belgium.   ?For me it?s a great win.   The team was excellent?.   Making his comeback in
was US Postal rider George Hincapie whose spring campaign has been thwarted with a viral


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