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Cycling fans in the Boston, Massachusetts area will get a rare chance to see some of Spain's top riders taking part in the Rodman Ride for Kids event on Saturday, October 1. The event is backed by Liberty Seguros and they are flying over likely Vuelta winner Roberto Heras, plus team-mates Joseba Beloki, Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano, Marcos Serrano, Alberto Contador and Luis Leon Sanchez for the event. Team manager Manolo Saiz will also be present. Contador and Sanchez will take the opportunity to undergo some wind tunnel testing at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology the day before the Rodman event.
- The initial hearing in Tyler Hamilton's case against the ban imposed on him for blood doping by the US Anti-Doping Agency has been heard at the Court for Arbitration in Sport. After evidence had been presented by both sides, the case was adjourned with the agreement that it would be resumed at a later date for the presentation of additional evidence and closing arguments. The date and location of the second hearing have not been fixed yet.
- French selector Fred Moncassin has named his picks for the Worlds in Madrid next week. With a mass sprint the most likely result in most people's estimates, Moncassin has picked a strong team to support Ag2r's in-form Jean-Patrick Nazon. The other eight riders are Laurent Brochard (Bouygues Telecom), Jimmy Casper (Cofidis), Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis), Carlos Da Cruz (Franaise des Jeux), Anthony Geslin (Bouygues Telecom), Christophe Kern (Bouygues Telecom), Christophe Le Mvel (Crdit Agricole) and Cdric Vasseur (Cofidis). Chavanel will also take part in the time trial together with Christophe Moreau (Crdit Agricole).
- Erik Dekker has confirmed that he will not be taking part in the Worlds having failed to get the competition he wanted after coming back from a broken collar-bone. "The lack of competition I've had because of the injury - which isn't fully healed - means I have to rule myself out of selection," said the 35-year-old Rabobank rider. Dekker was due to ride in the Tour of Poland but pulled out with flu.
- Speculation is rife in Italy that Fassa Bortolo team boss Giancarlo Ferretti has found a major name to replace his outgoing sponsor next season. Ferretti is being linked with Swedish furniture giant Ikea, with Gilberto Simoni still reported to be top of Ferretti's rider wishlist. Ferretti is also being linked with current Lampre co-sponsor Caffita.
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