Organisers give Zabel cold shoulder for world's

German sprinter unwelcome in Stuttgart after doping admission

Germany sprinter Erik Zabel is not welcome to compete at next month's world road race championships in Stuttgart after admitting to doping, organising committee president Susanne Eisenmann said on Tuesday.

Zabel recently confessed to using the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin) for a brief spell in his career in 1996, the year he won the first of his six consecutive green jerseys at the Tour de France.

"The participation of certain riders would not be in line with our commitment to clean cycling," Eisenmann told the daily Stuttgarter Nachrichten. "It wouldn't be going in the direction that we have chosen," she added in reaction to Zabel's statement on Monday that his main objective was the world championships from September 26-30.

A decision on whether the 2006 world silver medallist will be selected will be made by the German Cycling Federation (BDR) on August 29.

The event will have a strict programme of anti-doping tests drawn up in accordance with the German anti-doping agency (NADA) and the world anti-doping agency (AMA). German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble had warned last month that the event could be cancelled if the International Cycling Union (UCI) and German Cycling Federation (BDR) did not go along with the programme.

The anti-doping measures include stepping up random pre-competition tests, doubling the number of blood and urine tests during the events and officials accompanying riders to control stations after their finish.

© AFP 2007

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