SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP CANCELLED AFTER RIDER PROTEST

The men's Spanish national championships road race was cancelled after just three kilometres on Sunday after riders abandoned the race as a sign of protest after leaks to the press from the ?Operacion Puerto? anti-doping raids.

Spanish riders Association President Jose Rodriguez announced from the race podium that the 221 kilometre event, held in Mostoles near Madrid, was over before it had hardly began.

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