Shorts: Landuyt; Boonen; Vuelta; Osa; PedersenClose
Landuyt case drags on; Boonen favourite for Belgian award; Talavera de La Reina hosts Vuelta stage;PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Landuyt case drags on The doping case surrounding Belgian veterinarian Jos Landuyt is continuing at a slow pace. Landuyt is accused of facilitating doping for cyclists, as well as in the areas of horse and pigeon racing. Some of Belgium's past cycling heroes are involved, including Johan Museeuw, Mario De Clercq, Chris Peers and Jo Planckaert. Other cyclists connected are Nico Hendrickx, Birger Donie and a man from Zwevegem. The riders were summoned to appear before the judge, but appealed against this. They argued that they have already been sanctioned by the Belgian cycling federation, so should not be punished twice for the same offence. The appeal was heard on Tuesday in Gent, but no judgement was passed down. The court set a new date for the case on January 16. Boonen favourite for Belgian award Tom Boonen is the top favourite for the Kristallen Fiets - Belgium's most prestigious cycling award. The Quick.Step sprinter is up against cyclo-cross superstar Sven Nys. The winner will be announced in Kuurne on Wednesday night. Talavera de La Reina hosts Vuelta stage The final week of next year's Vuelta a Espa¤a will feature a stage finish/start in Talavera de La Reina, in the province of Toledo. The city will receive the peloton on Wednesday, September 19, and send it off again the following day. The city is approximately 100 km from Vuelta's final destination of Madrid. The town mayor, Jos Francisco Rivas, said that it was a big win for the city, which has never hosted a stage of the Vuelta before. The full details of the stage will be announced, along with the rest of the Vuelta route, on December 13 in Madrid. Osa breaks collarbone Spanish rider Unai Osa is in hospital after crashing in training on Tuesday. Osa broke his collarbone in the fall, and is now recovering in the Policl¡nica Gipuzkoa. Doctors haven't decided yet whether to operate on him. Pedersen in a new role at CSC Jrgen V. Pedersen has been promoted to the position of sports director at Team CSC. Pedersen, a past stage winner and yellow jersey wearer in the Tour de France, is currently key account manager at Riis Cycling. "I still like professional cycling a lot, and when Bjarne one year ago gave me the opportunity to work with the sponsors, I said yes right away," said Pedersen. "I've been away from the sport for quite a while, but I've really enjoyed becoming a part of Team CSC, and for me it's a very big thing to be appointed as a sports director.First of all I have to learn how to be a Sports Director, but I know I'll be working with the most competent people in the sport of cycling." Team manager Bjarne Riis added, "From day one Jrgen has been an asset to the team, and it's a pleasure for me to appoint him as a sports director. I'm sure he'll be able to use his business experience in his new role on the team and in Jrgen I believe we've found exactly the right sports director."