Latest: UCI launches anti-doping program; Sastre, Kroon out; Van Mol sues; T-Mobile again in NZ; DrClose
The UCI is set to increase its effort in the fight against doping. Also, Sastre and Kroon out of actPIC © TIM DE WAELE UCI to announce new anti-doping programme The UCI will announce its new anti-doping programme in Paris on Friday afternoon. Called '100% against doping', the scheme aims to restore credibility to cycling through stricter anti-doping measures. "UCI wishes this programme to be the most ambitious anti-doping project of all sports and to make the races more fair for all," the UCI wrote in a document that was quoted by Reuters. It's targeted at the 20 ProTour teams, who will contribute €30,000 each to the scheme, which will have an overall budget of around €1 million. It seeks to increase out of competition blood and urine testing, with an emphasis on detecting the use of EPO and blood transfusions. The teams and riders will have to sign documents agreeing to DNA testing, where necessary, and tougher sanctions. "The future of our sport is at stake. The '100 percent against doping' programme will restore the trust of all those associated with the sport - riders, teams, organisers, sponsors, media and supporters," the UCI's document said. Sastre and Kroon out Team CSC's stars Carlos Sastre and Karsten Kroon are on the injury bench after one recent and one not-so-recent crash. Sastre went down in the first stage of the Vuelta a Murcia and opted to abandon the race. "Carlos had a lot of pain in his back after the crash and we found that it was best to look into the injury a bit further instead of risking anything by having Carlos continue riding." said team doctor Joost de Maeseneer on team-csc.com. "He will have a scan now and hopefully it will show that it is only a surface injury." On Thursday, classics specialist Karsten Kroon announced that he will not be starting in Paris-Nice because of his broken rib. Kroon broke it after crashing in the first stage of the Tour of California, and is still bothered by the pain. "I did a couple of hours on the Amstel Gold Race route today [Thursday] and after that I did a couple of hours behind a motorbike, but it was just too painful so I had to cancel," said Kroon. "There's still a couple of weeks till my next race, but I'm hoping to be ready for Milano-Sanremo and I might do Vuelta a Castilla y Leon instead to get a stage race under my belt ahead of the classics. My big goal this spring is Tour of Flanders so I'd really like to be 100 percent ready for that. Kroon will be Kasper Klostergaard in CSC's line up for Paris-Nice. Van Mol sues HLN for €2m Quick.Step team doctor Yvan Van Mol will sue Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws for €2 million, according to VRT teletekst. "Why two million euro?" Van Mol said to VRT. "I won't answer that. Only my lawyer will explain." Het Laatste Nieuws, one of Belgium's biggest papers, published a series of articles that accused Patrick Lefvre and Yvan Van Mol of running a systematic doping program within Quick.Step. According to HLN, Van Mol received money for prescribing doping products. "Those sorts of things stick to you," said Van Mol. "I have nothing to hide and I am not afraid." In the weeks since the articles were published, Lefvre has started his own lawsuit against the newspaper, and has not invited any of its journalists to any Quick.Step press conferences. T-Mobile continues to dominate in NZ The T-Mobile women's team has won its third stage in a row in the Trust House Tour of New Zealand. Oenone Wood won stage 3, a 120km circuit around Gladstone, beating Larissa Kleinmann (German National Team) and Jenny Macpherson (Australian National Team) in a bunch sprint. Wood's teammate Ina-Yoko Teutenberg kept the yellow leader's jersey. The stage was held over four laps of an undulating 30 km circuit. A six-woman breakaway formed mid-race that included Sarah Ulmer (Trust House) and Alex Rhodes (T-Mobile). But T-Mobile wasn't happy with the composition of the break, and recalled Rhodes to chase it down. A similar situation unfolded with the next breakaway, where Linda Villumsen was up there for T-Mobile before dropping back to keep the race under control. It was all back together by the finish, where T-Mobile again led out Wood for a stage win. Afterwards, Wood said she noticed a different feel in the bunch today. "I think a few people are a bit worried about the hills tomorrow," she said, "because the bunch stayed together for most of the day. Again, the girls did a great job in the lead out." Stage 3 results 1 Oenone Wood (Aus, T-Mobile Team) 3:22:55 2 Larissa Kleinmann (Ger, German National Team) 3 Jenny Macpherson (Aus, Australian National Team) 4 Laura Van Gilder (USA, Cheerwine - USA) 5 Nikki Egyed (Aus, Australian National Team) 6 Loes Markerink (Ned, Team Flexpoint) 7 Catherine Cheatley (NZl, Cheerwine - USA) 8 Catherine Hare (GBr, Infinity Solutions Team) 9 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl, Trust House New Zealand) 10 Annette Beutler (Swi, Team Flexpoint) General classification after stage 3 1 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Ger, T-Mobile Team) 7:19:19 2 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl, Trust House New Zealand) 0:00:04 3 Laura Van Gilder (USA, Cheerwine - USA) 4 Charlotte Becker (Ger, German National Team) 0:00:06 5 Nikki Egyed (Aus, Australian National Team) 0:00:10 6 Leigh Hobson (Can, Cheerwine - USA) 7 Judith Arndt (Ger, T-Mobile Team) 8 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned, Team Flexpoint) 9 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe, Team Flexpoint) 10 Catherine Cheatley (NZl, Cheerwine - USA) 0:00:17 Doctor rides Paris-Nice for hospital Dr Ralph MacKinnon, a paediatric anaesthetic consultant at Saint Mary's hospital in Manchester, will raise money for the hospital's new Neonatal Surgical Unit by riding the course of Paris-Nice. Dr MacKinnon, who turns 40 next week, will take on the challenge with four experienced cyclist colleagues. Over the next week, they will ride 1260km from Paris to Nice, trying to stay ahead of the pros in the 'race to the sun'. The New Children's Hospital Appeal aims to raise £20 million to help fund projects in the new hospitals focusing on two main areas of providing state-of-the-art equipment and parental accommodation to enable parents to stay close to their child. All sponsorship raised from the ride will be directed to the brand new neonatal unit. Dr MacKinnon and his colleagues can be supported by visiting www.justgiving.com/racetothesun. Got a comment? Discuss this in the Procycling forum. What else is new? Check out the Procycling blog.