FROOME TO RIDE TOUR FOR BARLOWORLD
Four British riders are now set to ride the Tour de France after Barloworld named Chris Froome in their starting nine.
Froome raced with a Kenyan licence until the spring but has always had a British passport and changed his licence in the hope of riding the road race at the Olympics in Beijing.
Other Brits in this year?s Tour de France should include Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia), David Millar (Garmin-Chipotle) and Jeremy Hunt (Credit Agricole).
The Barloworld team for the Tour de France also includes climber Mauricio Soler and sprinters Baden Cooke and Robbie Hunter.
STAND IN LINE LANCE
Lance Armstrong may be dating Kate Hudson and still in the headlines after launching a commercial offshoot of his Livestrong cancer charity but it did not help him in New York the other day when he tried to jump the queue at trendy restaurant Rao?s.
According to the Metro.co.uk website, Armstrong and Hudson were refused a table and told that regular clients are given tables before new customers.
Reacting as if Filippo Simeoni had suddenly been given a table before him, Armstrong reportedly pointed at his own face and ranted “Do you know who I am?”
GROWTH HORMONE TESTS TO BE DONE AT TOUR DE FRANCE
French newspaper L’Equipe has revealed that riders in the Tour de France will be tested for human growth hormone with results know 24 hours after the tests.
In the past, blood samples have been stored for future testing but for the first time the will be sent to the Lausanne lab where the new tests was created and is currently being used on the 124 samples taken during the Euro 2008 football tournament.
KASHECHKIN TO BE JUDGED IN JULY, VINO WARNED ABOUT COMEBACK
Former Astana riders Alexandre Vinokourov and Andrey Kashechkin will not be riding this year?s Tour de France after failing test for blood doping last summer – but both are likely to be in the headlines in coming weeks.
Kashechkin will finally discover what penalty he will receive from the Kazakhstan federation for his positive for blood transfusion in July.
Kashechkin?s case should have been heard in May but the federation – which has been accused of dragging its feet over the case – claimed that it had not received the documents from the UCI. The UCI vigorously denied this and insisted they had sent the documents at least three times.
Kashechkin has always claimed that the test was carried out incorrectly and has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights over the case. Now, a mere eleven months after the positive dope test, Kashechkin?s case will finally be heard.
Vinokourov was banned until July 21 this year for his positive and announced his retirement but there have been consistent rumours that he may try and make a comeback and perhaps ride in the Olympic Games for Kazakhstan. Vino has been training secretly in Monaco but the UCI are on his case and have now explained that they will stop any comeback attempts with an appeal to the CAS.
?The UCI has presented an appeal to the CAS against his one-year ban but after Vinokourov announced he was retiring we didn?t push the procedure,? UCI lawyer Philippe Verbiest said.
?However if it is clear that he wants to make a comeback, we?d immediately reopen the procedure.?
FUN TIMES BECKON IN COURTS AND FRANCE
Make a date for these other cycling legal cases:
Late June: a verdict is finally (finally!) expected on the Floyd Landis and the 2006 Tour de France. The judges: CAS in Switzerland.
Late June: the same goes for Iban Mayo?s positive-that-wasn?t-or-then-again-it-was for EPO in the 2007 Tour de France. The judges: CAS in Switzerland.
July 3: A verdict is expected on Michael Rasmussen?s claim for unfair dismissal from Rabobank. The judges: a court in Holland.
July 5: the Tour de France starts in Brest. Funny how all these cases coincide with the biggest bike race on the planet.