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Monday, December 11, 2006 12.00am
Floyd Landis says he would quit if given a four year ban for doping. Also: Bart Wellens and Sven Nys
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Floyd Landis has said that he would quit cycling if given a four year ban for doping. "If I'm banned for four years and stripped of my title and prize-money, I'll never race again," he told the Mail on Sunday
. "My desire for it would have been obliterated." Landis tested positive for a high testosterone:epitestosterone ratio following his victory in stage 17 of the Tour de France. He has always maintained his innocence, but isn't optimistic about winning the case, which is due to be heard early next year. "I wasn't the highest-paid cyclist and it's looking like this might cost me $500,000," he said. "I think the authorities know I'll run out of money. They've said they'll appeal if they lose the hearing and that might take another year. "How can cycling win? Either the winner of its greatest race is a cheat or the credibility of the system is in tatters if I'm found innocent. Neither is a great result." Immediately after his positive test became public, Landis came forward with several explanations ranging from alcohol consumption the night before to thyroid medication. "It was a mistake to come out with those things but I'm not an expert and I'm very unhappy that I've had to become one," he said. If found guilty, Landis will face more than just a ban from the sport. "I may never get my prize money and I may lose my title as Tour de France champion, but there's one thing they'll never get from me. I have the yellow jersey at home and that's where it's going to stay for the rest of my life." Wellens and Nys take weekend 'cross honours
Belgians Bart Wellens and Sven Nys were victorious in the World Cup and Super Prestige cyclo-cross rounds over the weekend. On Friday in Milan, Italy, Wellens broke Nys' dominance in the World Cup series with a strong win. But Nys bounced back in the Super Prestige in Hamme-Zogge, Belgium on Sunday, and reversed the placings by beating arch-rival Wellens. Wellens rode from the front on a wet, muddy parcours in Milan. After his teammate Klaas Vantornout set a blistering pace early on, he assumed the lead on the second lap and was never headed. Nys fell further and further behind, but managed to hold onto second place, finishing 1'03 behind Wellens. In third was Nys' teammate Sven Vanthourenhout. Both Nys and Wellens didn't ride on Saturday, with Nys claiming illness. That didn't stop him from riding a great race in Hamme-Zogge to win round 5 of the Super Prestige. Nys started badly because of mechanical problems, but by the end of the second lap he had made his way through the field. It was then the turn of Wellens to limit his losses, and the Fidea rider did so to hang onto second. Erwin Vervecken (Fidea) was third, followed by teammate Klaas Vantornout. The small blip on Friday didn't upset the UCI rankings, and Nys still has a very comfortable lead over Bart Wellens. It's a very similar situation in the Super Prestige series, with Nys 15 points ahead of Wellens after round 5. Results
World Cup #8 1 Bart Wellens (Fidea, Bel) 1.06.19 2 Sven Nys (Rabobank, Bel) 1.03 3 Sven Vanthourenhout (Rabobank, Bel) 1.08 4 Francis Mourey (Franaise Des Jeux, Fra) 1.14 5 Klaas Vantornout (Fidea, Bel) 1.21 Super Prestige #5 1 Sven Nys (Rabobank, Bel) 57.46 2 Bart Wellens (Fidea, Bel) 0.53 3 Erwin Vervecken (Fidea, Bel) 1.37 4 Klaas Vantornout (Fidea, Bel) 1.40 5 Sven Vanthourenhout (Rabobank Continental, Bel) 1.42 Peiper: Davitamon riders should live for their jobs
Outgoing Davitamon-Lotto sports director Alan Peiper has criticised some of his former charges for their approach to their work. In an interview with
Het Laatste Nieuws
, Peiper said, "Professional cyclists must live for their job. But if they drink three pints before dinner and another half a bottle of wine with the meal, what do I have to think about that? "In the Dauphin, I saw a classement rider drink a beer before the prologue. But people within the team were angry because the drinking bothered me. 'Drink then', I thought to myself. "The Tour of Poland in 2005 was a test for me. I failed as a team director there. As an inexperienced director, I couldn't win from the hard core of the team. Van Petegem, Baguet, Vanhuffel, Roesems, they are good lads but together they challenge you. It's always a few leaders who influence the rest and drag them along. "Wim Vanhuffel gave me sleepless nights. I put a lot of energy into that boy, but he didn't do anything with it. It's up to him to decide what he wants to do with his career." Peiper will be in the driver's seat at T-Mobile next season, and is happy to be leaving Davitamon. "I fell with my arse in the butter there," said Peiper, who nevertheless thanked his former team manager Marc Sergeant. "I was once a teammate of Marc Sergeant and I'm grateful to him for the chance he gave me. But Marc can't stamp his authority on the team like Patrick Lefevere can do with Quick.Step." Another survival for CSC
Team CSC has finished its annual 'survival camp' in South Africa. The traditional December event involved three days of training in the wilderness, with B.S. Christiansen in charge of operations. "If you know yourself and your teammates this well, it gives you an opportunity to take advantage of the resources available on the team - especially when trouble arise at the worst possible time," said B.S. Christiansen. "That is when the team will be able to use the experiences and information gathered from this trip. It is like packing a rucksack with extra power for the roads." Karsten Kroon commented, "I am sure the team spirit on this team scares the other teams. I have seen a lot of riders from other teams look at us with huge respect and intimidation because of the team spirit that was glowing from us - well, I even did so myself before I came to the team." CSC will continue training in South Africa in the coming days, but with a different program and the possibility of some sunshine on the South African roads.
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