Shorts: Contador, Saiz, Gorospe, Cavendish, Obree

Contador given go-ahead to restart training, Saiz looking for a new backer, Euskaltel part ways with

Contador given go-ahead to restart training, Saiz looking for a new backer, Euskaltel part ways with

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Astana rider Alberto Contador, who lost consciousness and fell from his bike after last week's fourth stage of the Tour of Burgos and spent a day having tests in hospital, has been cleared to resume training again and may well line up in the Vuelta at the end of the month. Doctors have cleared him of any possible damage resulting from his fall at Burgos, but are waiting to see results of brain scans on the 23-year-old Spaniard, who suffered a brain haemorrhage last year.

- Contador's former team manager, Manolo Saiz, is reported to be looking for a new team sponsor following Astana's decision to split from him and his Active Bay company and look for their own ProTour place next season. It remains to be seen how difficult Saiz's implication in the Operacion Puerto investigation will make this search.

- Euskaltel have announced that directeur sportif Julian Gorospe will not be retained beyond the end of this season. "Having ended a sporting cycle, the [Euskadi) Foundation has decided to focus on a new project with new challenges, new systems and working methods, which have led to the decision to renew the sporting structure," said a statement from the team, adding that Gorospe would not be part of this structure. Gorospe was thanked for his "professionalism and work put in over the last few years" and wished the best for his future. There were no details on a new DS, but team manager Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano, who came in at the start of this season, no doubt wants to bring in his own men.

- Very promising British sprinter Mark Cavendish, 20, is set to make his debut as a stagiaire for T-Mobile in the Regio Tour in Germany starting on Wednesday. His team will be led Andreas Klden, in his first race since the Tour de France, with Michael Rogers also in the line-up. Cavendish, who finished fourth in the recent Sparkassen Giro behind Jens Voigt, is likely to be working for sprinters Andr Korff and Andr Greipel. "I'm curious to see how Mark will be do at the Regio Tour," said T-Mobile DS Valerio Piva. "Donning the magenta jersey, you're more in the centre of attention. Also, the profile requires a lot of climbing ability."

- The British film technicians' union BECTU has called for an investigation to be launched into the making of the movie, The Flying Scotsman, based on the life of former hour record holder Graeme Obree. The film's premiere took place on Monday and marked the opening on the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), but the company behind the film went into administration last year, leaving many of the crew unpaid. BECTU has called on the Scottish Executive's Culture Committee to launch an investigation into the handling of the project, which involved substantial input from public funds.

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