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Erik Zabel and Alejandro Valverde, second and third in the World Championships road-race in 2006, are unlikely to be back for the same event in 2007 after the organisers of this year?s World's in Stuttgart requested neither rider take part.

Susanne Eisemann, president of the Stuttgart organising committee, has been quoted in the local press as saying that Zabel - who confessed earlier this year to using EPO in 1996 - would not be welcome.

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