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David Millar should escape a sentence in the Cofidis trial; ProTeams not amused at Basso signing; Br

David Millar should escape a sentence in the Cofidis trial; ProTeams not amused at Basso signing; Br
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Prosecutor wants Millar charges dropped The prosecutor in the Cofidis doping trial has asked for charges against David Millar to be dropped, and for relatively light sentences against the others implicated in the affair. Prosecutor Jacques Hossaert made the requests at the end of the fourth day of proceedings in Nanterre, France. Millar admitted to taking EPO in 2003, and has already served a two year suspension for the offence. It was therefore unlikely that he would be required to do more time. Also, there are doubts about where his offence was actually committed: in France or Spain. The French would be unable to prosecute unless it was in France. And in Spain, doping wasn't an offence in 2003. Prosecutor Hossaert asked for suspended sentences of between three and six months against riders Philippe Gaumont, Mdric Clain, Massimiliano Lelli, Robert Sassone, Marek Rutkiewicz, Daniel Majewski and trainer Oleg Kozlitine. He asked for a fixed sentence of between four and six months against soigneur Boguslaw Madejak. But the latter has already spent two and a half months in custody, which will count towards his prison time. Pierre Ben Yamin, a Parisian pharmacist suspected to have supplied EPO to the riders and trainers, will likely get the toughest penalty. Prosecutor Hossaert asked that Ben Yamin receive a suspended sentence of between six months and a year, and a fine of €3,000. The prosecutor criticised cycling's "omerta" and had harsh words for Cofidis' former doctor Jean-Jacques Menuet. "He's not as smooth as he appears," Hossaert was quoted by AFP as saying. He was "up to date" with the doping practices in his team and perhaps helped to hide them, but this "cannot be pursued legally." The trial will finish on today (Friday), while the judgment is forecast for January 19, 2007. Teams react to Basso signing Discovery Channel's signing of Ivan Basso has not met with a positive response from the rest of the ProTour teams. Although Basso was cleared in the Operaci¢n Puerto blood doping affair, it seems a few teams believe suspicion remains on Basso's shoulders. Other teams are reserving their judgment for the time being. T-Mobile issued a statement expressing concern over the signing of the Italian. "We can't comment on the Basso case without knowing the details," said the team's communications director Christian Frommert. "But we are still worried as to whether the sport will be able to effectively fight against doping. We need firm alliances for that." T-Mobile's new directeur sportif, Rolf Aldag, spoke to Express before the signing was officially confirmed. "For me it's inconceivable that Basso should sign for Discovery...Basso and also Jan Ullrich should prove their innocence, and only then should they be of interest again." Francaise des Jeux team manager Marc Madiot was quoted by L'Equipe as saying, "I'm annoyed that what we agreed on has not been respected." Madiot believed that Basso should submit to a DNA test to clarify any doubts about whether he was involved in Operaci¢n Puerto. Milram's manager Gianluigi Stanga told La Gazzetta dello Sport, "We need to know if Basso was asked to submit a DNA sample or not. If not then it is clear that Discovery did not adhere to the verbal agreement that the teams had made at the meeting in Paris at the end of October." It's not yet clear whether Discovery will require Basso to have a DNA test. That may depend on the outcome of a meeting between the UCI, the professional teams association (AIGCP), and the professional cyclists association (CPA) in Geneva on Friday. The representatives of various parts of professional cycling will discuss whether compulsory DNA testing will be introduced to the peloton. McGee at Revolution More stars are flocking to the next Revolution on November 18 with the addition of Brad McGee to the line up. McGee's presence now sets up an interesting head to head with rivals David Millar and Bradley Wiggins in what will be their only encounter on British soil before the Tour grand depart in London next year. The Revolution pursuit won't be the same as a Tour prologue, but it will be challenging enough. "Pursuit is never easy, especially in November," said McGee. "In fact it's harder in November than in any other month of the year." McGee thinks his condition is better than normal at this time of the year. "I've had a really short off season - only around 10 days and even then I was going to the gym so I'm feeling good," he continued. "Track is a big focus this season; I'm already starting to think about Beijing and that makes me think about the 2007 World's so events like Revolution are critical to my build up. I'm really looking forward to it to be honest and looking forward to seeing how the November legs are!" McGee will race against Millar, Wiggins and a fourth rider in a 3km four-point pursuit designed to put their form to the test, "A four point pursuit will be a really tough effort," commented British pursuit champion David Millar. "The race will be more intense as we'll see each other only a quarter of the track ahead. Nobody will want to be caught so it is going to be a hard race." On paper, Brad Wiggins is the strongest pursuiter, but McGee has a score to settle following defeat by the Olympic champion at Revolution 11. "It would be good to get one back," McGee said. "The race is different, slightly shorter so we will see. Wiggins is always an excellent pursuit rider and despite his experience Millar is a class act so it would be good to win against these guys." More information:
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