EVANS TO RIDE IN BEIJING

The Australian Cycling Federation has announced that Cadel Evans will travel to Beijing and ride Saturday?s road race and probably even the time trial next Wednesday.

Evans hurt his knee is an accident in the Paris Hard Rock Café last Sunday while celebrating his second place in the Tour de France and initially announced he would not ride the time trial.

However Australia has now been given two places in the time trial and Evans has recovered sufficiently to reconsider his plans.

“Cadel has been receiving treatment on his knee since last Tuesday and yesterday (Sunday) he went training on the road with the team for five hours. The training went well and this morning we did some final checks and it all looks good so he’ll be boarding the plane with the rest of the road team,? Cycling Australia’s National Performance Director, Shayne Bannan said.

The Australian men’s team is on a six hour training ride ahead of their departure and will arrive in Beijing on Wednesday. The men’s road race is scheduled for Saturday and a decision will be made after the road race as to whether Evans will join Michael Rogers for Wednesday’s road time trial.

ITALIANS TO BAN DOPERS FROM NATIONAL TEAMS

The Italian Cycling Federation has announced it will sue riders who fail dope tests for damages and promised further measure to strengthen their stance against doping.

Italian cycling has been rocked in recent weeks by a strong of positive tests. Riccardo Ricco was found positive for EPO during the Tour de France and then women? world champion Marta Bastianelli tested positive for a stimulant found in a dieting drug created by her chemist. Last week Lampre professional Paolo Bossoni and the new Elite national champion Giovanni Carini also tested positive for EPO.

The Italian Federation intends to stop riders who test positive from ever riding for Italy and also plan legal action against teams and coaches. Riders who test positive could also be refused a licence after their bans have ended.

RACING CONTINUES IN EUROPE

Most of the big-name riders are on their way to Beijing for Saturday?s road race and others are recovering after the Tour de France, but the European racing continues with several one-day events.

At the weekend Italy?s Alessandro Bertolini (Diqugiovanni) won the Giro dell?Appennino, Giampaolo Cheula (Barloworld) won the GP Arona and Francesco Ginanni (Diquigiovanni) won the GP Carnago on Friday.

Eric Baumann (Team Sparkasse) won the Sparkassen Giro Bochum race in Germany when Servais Knaven slipped out on the last corner, Spain?s David Arroyo Duran (Caisse d’Epargne) won the Urkiola Igoera-Subida Urkiola and Arnaud Gerard (Française des Jeux) won the La Poly-Normande in France.

The racing continues in Italy on Thursday with the Gp di Camaiore on the Tuscan coast, Paris-Correze in France on August 6-7 and the Vuelta Burgos in Spain between August 8-12.