Geraint Thomas will replace Mark Cavendish on the British worlds team
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Thomas Replaces Cavendish On British Worlds Team
Geraint Thomas will replace Mark Cavendish on the British team for the World Championships next week in Varese, Italy. Thomas won a gold medal in Beijing as part of the British Pursuit Team. Cavendish, who won four stages in the Tour de France forfeited his place on the team because he says he is too tired to compete.Luxembourg Starts Worlds With A Full Team
Luxembourg will start the World Championships next week with a nine-rider squad for the first time ever. The leaders of the Luxembourg team are Frank and Andy Schleck along with Kim Kirchen. It is mainly due to the results of these three that Luxembourg for the first time will complete with a full squad. Last year Luxembourg only qualified for five spotsLuxembourg Team
Kim Kirchen, Benoit Joachim, Frank Schleck, Andy Schleck, Vicenzo Centrone, Steve Fog, Laurent Didier, Jempy Drucker, Christian Poos, Reserve: Clauder Volter Time Trial:
Benoit Joachim Never “Positive” Cyclist Suspended For Two Years
Australian cyclist Mark Roland has been suspended for two years for using a human growth hormone, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority said Friday. It said the sanction was significant as it relied on evidence obtained by the agency's investigators rather than a positive test.
The offences were committed during the eight-year statute of limitations period mandated in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code. The authority found that Roland, who competed professionally with the 2003 Giant Asia Racing Team and won a criterium of the 2003 Southbank Grand-Prix Cycling Classic on December 7 2003, used HGH on August 27 and December 5, 2003. He was also found to have used the anabolic steroid dehydroepiandrosterone on the same dates, and on November 16, 2004. "This sanction clearly illustrates that athletes do not need to return a positive test to be found to have violated anti-doping rules," ASADA Chairman Richard Ings said in a statement. "In this case, ASADA investigators, working in partnership with other government agencies, identified and prosecuted a serious doping violation that could not have been detected through normal testing procedures."
As a result Roland will forfeit all competition results from his first use of HGH on August 27, 2003 until he last competed on April 25 this year. Roland will be eligible to return to sporting competition at midnight on April 24, 2010, ASADA said.Page 1