The Week That Was...

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08/10/2004| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin

The Week That Was...

Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.

After scoring the biggest win of his career in the recent Hew Classic, Australian Stuart O?Grady is now beginning to consider himself a potential winner of the up and coming Olympic Games road race.  Having previously won one silver and two bronze medals from his days as part of the AIS track squad, a win in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
Athens
would complete the set.  "Now, I look at the Olympics with a real possibility of a medal as a definite objective.  I beat the best in the world so why can't I do it again in a couple of weeks?  Before yesterday's race I was kind of hoping to go to the Olympics and get a decent result, but I wasn't sure which way the pendulum was going to swing.  Coming out of the Tour de France you can get hyped up all <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>

you want but if your body is tired and wants to recover, there's not much you can do about it. So I was a little bit worried about it and in training I was feeling really shabby.  I had no intentions of going out and winning Sunday's race. I told the team in the meeting I felt tired and don't count on me at the end. But as the race went on I got better and better. I wasn't 100 per cent but I still won a World Cup race. I still can't believe it; it's pretty huge!  The Olympics is going to be tougher of course, but I think I'll be better prepared."

 

A British cycling disciplinary panel last week stripped former Cofidis rider, David Millar of his World Championship jersey that he won in
Hamilton, Canada, last year and, banned him from the sport for two years.  A statement released said that, "the Panel concluded that David Millar was guilty of offences under the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Anti Doping Examination Regulations Article 134 - Declaration or Admissions of Doping ... The Panel considered information from a number of sources, including a statement by David Millar and the answers given by him to the questions posed by the Panel."

Millar was also fined 2000 Swiss Francs and disqualified from the results in last year?s Dauphine Libere and the 2001 Vuelta Espana.

Quick.Step-Davitamon pro, Michael Rogers, is expected to be announced as the new 2003 World Time Trial Champion.

 

As a repercussion of the on-going Cofidis affair, Judge Richard Pallain last week officially placed Italian Massimiliano Lelli under investigation.  Both Philippe Gaumont and David Millar accused Lelli of supplying banned substances whilst being questioned by the judge.  He has been charged with the acquisition, possession, and transport of doping products, facilitation of the use of doping products, and accessory to the import of toxic substances.

After his release last Thursday, the Italian told Datasport that, "I don't feel as if I'm an ex-cyclist, and I had no intention of ending in this way. Now I'll return home and reflect a little. I would like to be able to finish with the Vuelta in September, like it

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