Shorts: Skibby admits; Freire; Meares WR; Nys

Danish ex-pro Jesper Skibby has admitted to doping during his 15-year career. Susanne Horsdal has th

Danish ex-pro Jesper Skibby has admitted to doping during his 15-year career. Susanne Horsdal has th
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM In an autobiography called Skibby - don't get me wrong, former Danish pro Jesper Skibby admits to having used drugs during his career, and writes that he had no regrets doing so. The autobiography will be officially released on Wednesday. It has been co-written with journalist Brian Askvig from the Danish paper Ekstra Bladet. In a short excerpt on Ekstra Bladet's website, Skibby gives the readers a glimpse of what we can expect. "For the first time, I'd taken medicine that wasn't aimed at curing me for something, but with the sole purpose of enhancing my performances," writes Skibby. "I had used drugs. And I was thrilled. Now I couldn't do any more [to improve my performance]." Skibby found it easy to rationalise what he did: "I didn't regret what I had done and I didn't have a guilty conscience. Didn't think one bit about morals and ethics. I was part of a tough trade and I used the means I felt were needed to do it. It was as simple as that. My world was cycling, and if the sport disappeared, my whole world - everything I knew - would crumble and leave me empty handed. Everything would be gone. My entire raison d'etre would disappear and everything I had achieved would bear no importance." Jesper Skibby rode professionally between 1986 and 2000. He started his career with the Belgian Roland-Van de Ven team, switching to Team TVM in 1989 and spending most of his career there. He changed to Home Jack&Jones (later Memorycard Jack&Jones) in 1998 and retired in 2000. During his 15 years as a pro, he won stages in all three grand tours. He was also famous for having his bike run over on the Koppenberg in the 1987 Tour of Flanders. According to Ekstra Bladet Skibby's account of his professional life is written to give his two daughters (13 years and eight months respectively) the chance to know the full truth about their father's life. Freire suffering àscar Freire is having a tough time training at the moment because of ongoing spinal problems. Although he won the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg in July, Freire hardly raced for the rest of the season. And now, he is concerned about the start of next season. "I'm still the same," he was quoted in Marca as saying. "I'm trying to solve the problem before the end of the season, but far from improving, I have actually gone backwards." Freire can't ride at the moment and is also having problems in day-to-day life. "I changed my physio, I went to a neurologist, had a scan, had acupuncture sessions, done stretching, relaxation.but I am not getting better." Meares breaks 500m world record Australian track sprinter Anna Meares has broken her own world record in the 500 metre time trial. Meares set a mark of 33.944 seconds (53.028 km/h) on day 2 (November 18) of the track world cup in Sydney, Australia. She shaved 0.008 seconds off her previous best of 33.952, set during the Athens Olympics in 2004. It was an impressive performance by the rider who was told last year that a back injury might end her career. "I thought it was possible, simply because this season I've had an uninterrupted preparation and the back injury has just gone," said Meares. "When I looked up, I saw Natalia's (Tsylinskaya) time first and I thought, 'Nice time', and then mine was flashing and it caught my eye ... 'What the ... Oh my God' ... I won't say what I thought." Meares clearly had good form leading into the event. "I've never broken a particular amount of wattage before in my career and in the last couple of weeks I PB'd that by 150 watts and that's a really big jump," she said. "Marv' (Barras) thought it was wrong and he went to double-check and brought all the sports scientists in to double check and couldn't find anything wrong with it." Second place in the event went to Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) in 34.802 with Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands) finishing third in 34.901, ahead of Tsylinskaya (35.023). Nys stays on top in Superprestige The ever-consistent Sven Nys (Rabobank) continued his success in the Superprestige cyclo-cross series, winning round 3 in Gavere, Belgium on Sunday. Nys rode away from Erwin Vervecken (Fidea) on the second last lap, eventually finishing 38 seconds clear of the world champion. Frenchman John Gadret (AG2R) was third at 41 seconds. Nys has now won three out of three rounds of the Superprestige. This round counted for double points, so he is 10 points clear of Vervecken and 11 ahead of Bart Wellens (Fidea) on the points table. Results 1 Sven Nys (Rabobank, Bel) 00:56:27 2 Erwin Vervecken (Fidea Cycling Team, Bel) 00:00:38 3 John Gadret (AG2R Prevoyance, Fra) 00:00:41 4 Bart Wellens (Fidea Cycling Team, Bel) 00:01:39 5 Sven Vanthourenhout (Rabobank, Bel) 00:01:58 6 Francis Mourey (FDJeux.com, Fra) 00:02:10 7 Richard Groenendaal (Rabobank, Ned) 00:02:18 8 Gerben De Knegt (Rabobank, Ned) 00:02:36 9 Peter Dlask (AVB Asbestverwijdering, Cze) 10 Davy Commeyne (Palmans Collstrop, Bel) 00:03:20 Superprestige standings after round 3 1 Sven Nys (Rabobank, Bel) 60 2 Erwin Vervecken (Fidea Cycling Team, Bel) 50 3 Bart Wellens (Fidea Cycling Team, Bel) 49 4 Sven Vanthourenhout (Rabobank, Bel) 45 5 Richard Groenendaal (Rabobank, Ned) 42
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