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Mario Cipollini was questioned by Italian police in Florence for an hour on Tuesday as part of the ongoing investigation concerning six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and Cipollini's former Domina Vacanze team-mate Filippo Simeoni. Cipollini was summoned following a statement made by former Domina Vacanze team manager Vincenzo Santoni, who claimed that Armstrong had asked Cipollini to do what he could to stop Simeoni from riding last year's Tour.
"Cipollini was questioned for an hour but I cannot reveal details of what was said or anything regarding Cipollini's position in the investigation," police spokesman Pierluigi Lambardi told Reuters.
Armstrong was placed under formal investigation last August for 'private violence' against Simeoni after he chased the Italian down during stage 18 of the 2004 Tour. Armstrong has himself been questioned by Italian police as part of the investigation.
- The Selle Italia-Colombia team is the latest continental squad to have made an application to the International Cycling Union (UCI) for entry into the ProTour next season. The application comes on the back of the team's startling performance at the Giro, where Ivan Parra won two stages and Jos Rujano won one on his way to finishing third overall and first in the mountains competition. Team boss Gianni Savio has informed the UCI that he is expecting to sign a major new sponsor.
- Kiwi Greg Henderson won the opening leg of the Wachovia Cycling Series in Lancaster, Pennsylvania yesterday. The Health Net rider beat Freddy Rodriguez and Ivan Dominguez in the final sprint contested by a 13-man breakaway group. Recycling.co.uk's Russell Downing was part of a four-man group that spent more than half of the race clear at the front until a CSC-led bunch chased them down. The series continues in Trenton, New Jersey on Thursday and concludes with the USPRO Championship in Philadelphia on Sunday.
1 Greg Henderson (NZ) Health Net-Maxxis 147km in 3.21.28
2 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Davitamon-Lotto
3 Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Health Net
4 Karl Menzies (Aus) Advantage Endeavour
5 Ivan Ravaioli (Ita) Saunier Duval
6 Chris Horner (USA) Saunier Duval
7 Allen Johansen (Den) CSC
8 Caleb Mannion (Aus) Jelly Belly
9 Ivan Stevic (USA) Aerospace Engineering
10 Frank Pipp (USA) Advantage Endeavour 0.04
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