Paolo Bettini

Defending world champion Paolo Bettini arrived in Stuttgart on Wednesday night, ready to defend himself against accusation made by former Quick-Step team mate Patrick Sinkewitz and defiant about riding the world championships despite his pressure from German Interior Minister not to let him start.

According to reports on German television, Sinkewitz ?who failed a dope test in June while training for the Tour de France, is quoted in a document as naming Bettini and former rider Davide Bramati as his suppliers. The German admitted he had used 'Testogel' patches to help aid recovery.

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