CONTADOR TO RECEIVE SURGERY ON NOSE

This year’s Giro d’Italia winner Alberto Contador is to go under the surgeon’s knife today to rectify nose and throat problems the Spanish rider has been experiencing.

Contador crashed during the Giro which resulted in pieces of his sunglasses becoming embedded in his nose. Although the fragments were removed, the Astana rider has suffered from breathing problems since.

Whilst consulting with a nose and throat specialist, they also found that Contador has a polyp in his throat. Both the nasal surgery and polyp removal are scheduled to happen today (Monday, November 24) at the Ramon y Cajal hospital in Madrid. No long-lasting affects are expected.


KOHL TO COME CLEAN?

Bernhard Kohl, the Austrian rider who tested positive for banned blood-boosting drug CERA, is due to appear before the Austrian Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) today.

Tour de France king of the mountains winner Kohl is expected to reveal how he obtained the drug to NADA in order to reduce his suspension from the statutory two years.

Kohl was one of a number of riders to have tested positive for the new version of EPO after Tour de France organisers elected to retroactively test samples taken during the race in July.


OUCH: LANDIS GETS TEAM FOR 2009

Floyd Landis, the American rider stripped of his 2006 Tour de France win after testing positive for testosterone during the race, has signed for the American OUCH team.

Landis’s two-year ban for doping ends in January 2009, after which he is free to race again.

OUCH is the new name for the US-based Health Net-Maxxis squad, and takes its name from the Californian OUCH medical centre that was responsible for Landis’s hip replacement operation in 2006. OUCH has stepped in as lead sponsor for the UCI Continental ranked outfit.

Landis announced on Thursday last week that he is going to challenge the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling that saw him lose his 2006 Tour title and receive a two-year suspension from competition.

Landis will use the US courts in an attempt to over-turn the ruling – using the argument that the system is biased against the defendant.