Shorts: Eisel, Mattan, Perdi, Neiwand

Fran‡aise des Jeux confirm Eisel is to leave, unhappy Mattan looks for a new team, Perdiguero explai

Fran‡aise des Jeux confirm Eisel is to leave, unhappy Mattan looks for a new team, Perdiguero explai


Franaise des Jeux have confirmed rumours that sprinter Bernhard Eisel is set to leave the French team at the end of the season. The Austrian is being heavily linked with T-Mobile, although no official confirmation of this has been made by either party.

- Nico Mattan looks set to leave Davitamon-Lotto for an Italian continental team at the end of the season after seeming to fall out of favour in recent months. Although the 35 year old is in the Davitamon team lining up in Glasgow today for the start of the Tour of Britain, he is unhappy at his lack of racing this season. "I'm a rider who needs to race and it's a long time since I've been selected. After the Tour de France, the team did not select me for the ENECO Tour and I had to content myself with some criteriums. That shows me they no longer have confidence in me at Davitamon-Lotto," Mattan tells today's La Dernire Heure.

Mattan has had health problems this season but says he started to worry about his prospects early in the season when he was not selected for Milan-San Remo. "This [Italian] team wants to sign me so that it can get into the Belgian Classics more easily," Mattan explained.

- Phonak's Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero has announced his decision to quit the sport at the end of the season, saying he is "tired of so much hypocrisy". The 33-year-old Spaniard says that he feels "persecuted", explaining that "last week they came to my house to do a dope control and several people have warned me they are out to get me".

With Phonak already set to pull out of the sport, the flamboyant Perdiguero has been considering offers from "two foreign teams for next season", and believes he still has "a couple of good years in me". However, he says he's fed up with the hypocrisy in the sport "and I don't mean only over doping". He admits he was badly affected by iShares' decision not to step into Phonak's place following Floyd Landis's positive test at the Tour de France.

- Former world track champion Gary Neiwand has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of stalking a former girlfriend. The 39-year-old Australian, who won a silver medal in the sprint at the 1992 Olympic Games and another in the keirin in the 2000 Sydney Games, pleaded guilty in a Melbourne court to five charges of stalking, as well as theft and breaching an intervention order.

"The message to the community must be clear and emphatic. Conduct of this nature, intending to cause fear and apprehension over a period of time, is entirely unacceptable," Victorian chief magistrate Ian Gray said in court. The court had been told that Neiwand had persistently called and then hung up on the woman after she ended their brief relationship earlier this year. He also sent sexually explicit text messages to the woman's boss and one of her former work colleagues on a stolen mobile phone.

The court was told by Neiwand's legal counsel that the former track star was suffering from depression at the time of the incidents. Last February he was jailed for four months after violating an order requiring him to stay away from his former wife.

- Astana's Alberto Contador has been told that the collapse he suffered after a stage of the recent Tour of Burgos was not neurologically related and had nothing to do with the brain haemorrhage he suffered in 2004. It is thought that either nausea or heatstroke was responsible for the Spaniard's collapse, and he is now expected to resume competition at the Tour of Poland next week.
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