Lars Bak and Luke Roberts are carrying CSC’s hopes in the Tour Down Under after stage 1. Also, Landi
PIC BY TOURDOWNUNDER.COM CSC backs Bak and Roberts in TDU Team CSC’s Lars Bak finished third in the first stage of the Tour Down Under in Tanunda, behind Karl Menzies Martin Elmiger. Bak was part of an 18 man group that also included teammate Luke Roberts. The break escaped after around 25 km, and had more than 25 minutes lead on the main field at the end. With some 30 km to go, the attacks started up front, and the breakaway reduced to just five riders. Bak made the group and finished third, while Roberts battled home in ninth, 45 seconds behind the winner. “It’s fairly obvious that the overall winner of Tour Down Under will be one of the riders in today’s break and this is good news for Lars and Luke is still very much in the contest as well, so we’re very satisfied right now,” said Team CSC sports director Scott Sunderland. “The other riders kept Luke in check, so it was difficult for him to make a move really. But it’ll be interesting to see how things turn out over the next few days, because already tomorrow is a tough stage,” By having two men well placed in the front group, CSC took the lead in the teams classification, leading SouthAustralia.com by 55 seconds and Predictor-Lotto by 2’13. In the points competition Luke Roberts is in first place alongside SouthAustralia.com’s Gene Bates. Landis supports criticism of WADA Floyd Landis has expressed his support of top sports officials’ criticisms and suggestions for an overhaul of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Code. WADA asked all of its stakeholders (mostly international sports federations and anti-doping organisations) to give their feedback on the Code, and it has now posted a draft revision on its website. The process will finish at this year’s Third World Conference on Doping in Sport, which takes place in Madrid, Spain between November 15th-17th. “It is a positive change in WADA’s approach to release to the public these criticisms and calls for rule revisions from organizations ranging from the United States Olympic Committee to a wide range of national sports federations,” said Landis. A story in the LA Times on Tuesday highlighted the problems with the current code. Sports officials seem mainly concerned by what they consider are severe penalties for “accidental” doping – where an athlete might test positive for a substance without deliberately ingesting it. But officials also tackled WADA on the issue of “unreliable lab tests”, particularly the testosterone test that saw Floyd Landis go positive after stage 17 of the Tour de France. Landis has always maintained that he did not dope. One of his arguments is that there is inconsistency among doping labs and standards, and that other labs may have marked his sample as negative. “It is also gratifying to me to know that the heaviest criticism was focused on the exact same test that has unfairly cast doubts on my performance in Stage 17 of the Tour de France,” he continued. “First my samples were mishandled and then tested as contaminated. Then, against WADA’s own rules they were subject to illegal testing using protocols that are widely acknowledged as scientifically flawed. “I have always raced clean, and my defence team and I are convinced that if a fair process is employed to adjudicate these unsubstantiated allegations, I will be back racing my bike as soon as the proceedings are over – and I am very much looking forward to that day,” Landis finished. Museeuw and co. to trial Johan Museeuw and six others will probably face trial in April this year as a result of their involvement in the “Landuyt affair” – a doping investigation into Belgian veterinarian Jose Landuyt that began in late 2003. Museeuw, Jo Planckaert, Chris Peers, Mario De Clercq, Nico Henderickx, Birger Donie and another man from Zwevegem are accused of receiving illegal drugs from Landuyt. The seven were due to go on trial in Kortrijk in March 2006, but appealed to the Gent court of appeal on the basis that they had already been given a sporting sanction, and shouldn’t be pursued on criminal grounds. But the Gent court rejected their appeal, and referred the case back to the Kortrijk court. “Actually, I expected this,” said Museeuw to Het Nieuwsblad. “I hope that this is behind me as fast as possible. I hope that this decision will be final. But most importantly, I hope for a fair trial … In the meantime there have been years of speculations, but only a cortisone spray for my knee was found at my house. And I had a prescription for that. No, no EPO or Aranesp.” Keirin world champions at Revolution 16 This Saturday’s Revolution event in Manchester will see a head to head clash of women’s Keirin world champions in a women’s sprint omnium. Elite women’s champion Christin Muche will taken on junior world champion Anna Blyth as well as number one British sprinter Victoria Pendleton and up and coming French sprinter Virginie Cueff. Muche took the keirin title in Bordeaux last year and has already qualified for the 2007 championships following her second place in the keirin at the Moscow World Cup. On that occasion, Pendleton got the better of the German, but the British star won’t be complacent. “Muche is a strong aggressive rider,” said Pendleton. “She suits the keirin really well and she takes risks going for gaps and using her strength to get through. I was positioned well in Moscow and was able to go over the top when Muche got trapped on the inside, so even though I beat her, she is still a formidable opponent. “My form is good at the moment. I’ve been in an intense strength training block since Moscow so it will be interesting to test my form and get some good competition. I’m really pleased to be back racing in front of the Revolution crowd again so I’m looking forward to the racing.” Pendleton will have her work cut out with the German star but will also face tough opposition from Cueff and her younger teammate, Anna Blyth. Blyth came sixth in the keirin final in Moscow and has already made huge progress in elite racing since she took the junior keirin world title last year. She will be keen to make her mark on home ground. The omnium will consist of a 200m time trial, three sprint rounds and a team sprint where Pendleton and Blyth will take on Muche and Cueff. There will only be one winner, so the strongest overall will claim glory in the finale to Revolution season 4. Tickets can be purchased from www.cyclingrevolution.com or by calling +44 (0)7005 942 579 or +44 (0)161 223 2244. Got a comment? Discuss this in the Procycling forum. What else is new? Check out the Procycling blog.