Shorts: Manzano, Astana, Tour 2007

Jesus Manzano alleges a footballer and athletes were aided by Eufemiano Fuentes, Astana sign their f

Jesus Manzano alleges a footballer and athletes were aided by Eufemiano Fuentes, Astana sign their f

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Doping whistleblower Jesus Manzano, whose statements to the Spanish federation and government are believed to have initiated the Puerto investigation, has claimed an international footballer and three prominent Spanish athletes had been treated by the doctor at the centre of the Puerto inquiry, Eufemiano Fuentes. Speaking to German TV channel ZDF, Manzano said of the footballer: "It is a player who I do not meet that much because he is travelling a lot with his club and the national team. He is now afraid like everyone else." Manzano also alleged he had seen two-time world marathon champion Abel Anton, former European 5,000-metre champion Alberto Garcia and Spanish 1,500-metre athlete Reyes Estevez in the hotel where Fuentes is claimed to have offered consultations.

- Astana have signed 25-year-old Frenchman Julien Mazet from the Auber 93 continental team. Mazet finished third in this year's Route du Sud and fifth in the Tour de l'Avenir. "This is a prestigious team, I am super motivated, I feel euphoric," Mazet told L'Equipe. "I think I will only start to believe this is happening when I go to the first training camp and find myself alongside Vinokourov and Savoldelli. I should be able to progress there, I've got a lot to learn from great riders."

- The Ventoux is already being widely mentioned as being part of the 2007 Tour de France route, and now Italian magazine Bicisport is claiming that one of the Giro's newly epic mountains will feature on the Tour route next season. The climb in question is the Colle delle Finestre, which featured in last year's Giro and includes 7.9 kilometres of unpaved road. With some of Roubaix's cobbles also rumoured to be on the route and talk of a long-awaited return to the Puy de Dome, next year's race, which of course starts in London, could turn out to be something really special.

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