GIRO ORGANISERS HOPING FOR SCANDAL-FREE RACE

Giro d'Italia 2007

The 2007 Giro d?Italia cycle race starts in Sardinia on Saturday, but following Ivan Basso?s partial confession to involvement with blood-doping doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, the organisers are hoping the race is not be overshadowed by further doping scandals.

Race director Angelo Zomegnan has convinced the 22 teams competing in the Giro to leave riders implicated in Operacion Puerto at home, with Tinkoff Credit Systems having a late change of heart on Wednesday and suspending Tyler Hamilton and Jorg Jaksche.

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