Pevenage knew; Rasmussen unwelcome; Schlecks extend

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Pevenage knew Ullrich used EPO, claims report

Rudy Pevenage, ex-boss of cycling team Deutsche Telekom, knew former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich used banned-blood booster EPO in 1996, according to a report in Monday's edition of German weekly magazine Focus.

In an interview with former Telekom masseur Jef d'Hont, whose memoirs led to a string of high-profile doping confessions earlier this year, the Belgian says Pevenage told him Ullrich used Erythropoietin (EPO) in 1996 "because everyone else was."

D'Hont is set to publish a second book early next year after his first book claimed he saw 1997 Tour winner Ullrich being injected with EPO.

Ullrich, 33, retired from cycling in February after he was sacked in July 2006 by T-Mobile, who changed their name from Deutsche Telekom in 2004. The German has always denied doping even when pockets of his blood were found in the cabinet of Eufemiano Fuentes, the Spanish doctor whose doping network was dismantled by Operation Puerto last year.

Rasmussen has no place in the sport: UCI

Pat McQuaid, the president of cycling's world governing body the UCI, told Danish television on Friday that Michael Rasmussen had no place in the sport after lying before the Tour de France.

Rasmussen, a former two-time winner of the race's polka dot jersey for the best climber, was pulled out of this year's race by Rabobank while wearing the fabled yellow jersey due to major doping suspicions arousing from revelations that he had missed several random doping controls.

Rasmussen said Thursday he lied over his whereabouts - having insisted he was in Mexico when anti-doping controllers failed to find him in Europe to carry out random tests - due to personal reasons.

"I don't think he (Rasmussen) has any place in cycling," said McQuaid on Friday, adding: "How can we trust him? For me a lie is no different from a positive doping test."

Schleck brothers extend CSC deals

Luxembourg cyclists Frank and Andy Schleck confirmed Sunday they have extended their deals with the CSC team until 2010. The brothers had reached the end of their contracts with the Danish outfit.

Andy, 22, finished second in the Tour of Italy this year and is being touted as a future Tour de France champion, while classics-specialist Frank, 27, won the Amstel Gold Race in 2006.

© AFP 2007

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