Belgian suspended in Tour doping scandal

30th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 June 2006, BRUSSELS — Team T-Mobile has suspended German rider Jan Ullrich, Spanish colleague Oscar Sevilla and Belgian team manager Rudy Pevenage from this year's Tour de France in response to a doping scandal in Spain.

30 June 2006

BRUSSELS — Team T-Mobile has suspended German rider Jan Ullrich, Spanish colleague Oscar Sevilla and Belgian team manager Rudy Pevenage from this year's Tour de France in response to a doping scandal in Spain.

Giro d'Italia winner and ISC team cyclist Ivan Basso of Italy has also been withdrawn from the Tour de France because of his involvement in the doping investigation.

The suspensions come on the eve of this year's Tour de France — described as the world's greatest cycle race — which starts on Saturday with a 7km prologue in Strasbourg.

Spanish justice authorities released a list of names on Friday morning of cyclists linked to the doping scandal that erupted around a Spanish doctor last month.

It named Basso, Ullrich and Francisco Mancebo, who finished second, third and fourth respectively in the 2005 Tour. Spaniard Joseba Beloki (Astana-Würth) was also suspended.

Other cyclists include Spaniards David Etxebarria, Angel Vicioso, Isidro Nozal, Unai Osa and German Jorg Jaksche. They are also unlikely to start in this year's Tour.

T-Mobile said its cyclists Jan Ullrich and Oscar Sevilla had been suspended on the spot. Rudy Pevenage — who has been Ullrich's personal coach for years — was also suspended.

"Based on documents that we received from the Tour management, we think that it is impossible to continue working with these three people," T-Mobile spokesman Christian Frommert said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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