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End of the road for GP Merckx, Guatemalan coach suspended for life, first national road title of the

End of the road for GP Merckx, Guatemalan coach suspended for life, first national road title of the
PICTURE BY TDWSPORT.COM The Grand Prix Eddy Merckx time trial won't take place this season because of financial problems. The two-up time trial takes place in Brussels each September and was won last year by Rabobank youngsters Thomas Dekker and Koen de Koert last season. - The coach of the Guatemalan cycling team, Augusto Bony Perez, has been suspended for life by his federation after two of his team's riders tested positive for EPO at the Tour of Guatemala last November. A second Guatemalan coach who also saw two of his riders test positive for EPO at the same race has been banned for a season. All of the Guatemalan riders involved have also been suspended. - Nathan O'Neill has won the first national road title to be decided this year when he successfully defended his Australian time trial title in Echunga today (Wednesday). Navigators rider O'Neill, who clinched the title for the sixth time, beat Rabobank youngster Rory Sutherland by 1-37 over the 40-kilometre course, with Selle Italia's Russell Van Hout third at 2-47.

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