Doping fall-out: road world’s still in jeopardy

German authorities to decide today

Reigning world road champion Paolo Bettini - will he get to defend his title in Stuttgart?

A decision on whether or not cycling’s world road race championships will go ahead in Stuttgart, Germany, next month is expected on Thursday, organisers said.


“The various parties involved will meet on Thursday and make a final decision,” said a spokesman for Stuttgart’s local authorities.

The event, planned for September 26-30, has a strict programme of anti-doping tests which the International Cycling Union (UCI) have agreed to.

The German Cycling Federation (BDR), the UCI, the German anti-doping agency (NADA) and the world anti-doping agency (AMA) drew up the programme, but a decision has still to be taken on how the event will be funded.

A meeting between all the representatives took place in Stuttgart’s town hall on Wednesday, but the decision has been delayed until Thursday.


© AFP 2007