The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
New Discovery Channel rider, Paolo Savoldelli fell last week, fracturing his collarbone. The former Giro d?Italia winner will be forced into a one-month rest. Savoldelli switched to the new
Savoldelli?s team leader, Lance Armstrong, was last week stung by yet another doping probe launched by the French prosecutor Philippe Drouet of the court in Annency. The latest probe is aimed at investigating Armstrong?s entourage and its involvements in doping allegations reported French newspapers Aujourd'hui and Le Parisien. The investigation has been given the green light after the
In a statement released at the end of his teams latest Californian training camp, Armstrong said, "Let me make one thing emphatically clear, I believe in clean and fair competition. As I have said before, I do not use - and have never used - performance-enhancing drugs. I am disappointed in the judge's decision to open this investigation without having talked to me first. I will make myself available anytime and anywhere to meet with the investigators in this case. They are also welcome to review my long history of tests for performance-enhancing drugs, which I have never failed. Last year alone I was tested 22 times by ASO, the UCI, WADA and USADA. I will be competing in Paris-Nice in March. I am confident my name will be cleared, and I look forward to racing in
The case has been moved to the
According to the French daily, L?Equipe, Italian fast man Alessandro Petacchi will not be riding in the 2005 Tour de France. Instead, he will concentrate his efforts on the Giro d?Italia and then the Vuelta a Espana which he believes will better prepare him for the World Championships in
In a much hyped 1hr presentation on prime time TV, the 88th Giro d?Italia was launched on Sunday from