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PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Nys ready for World’s Belgian cyclo-cross star Sven Nys (Rabobank) showed that he is in excellent shape for this weekend’s world championships by winning round seven of the world cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands. In extremely muddy and stormy conditions, Nys was a cut above the rest as he finished 1’37 ahead of Czech Petr Dlask (Fidea) and 1’56 ahead of Erwin Vervecken (Fidea). Nys just has to carry his winning form through for another week to cap off a perfect season. The conditions forced the early withdrawal of several big names, including Nys’ main rival for the World’s, Bart Wellens (Fidea). Richard Groenendaal (Rabobank), Klaas Vantornout (Fidea) and Sven Vanthourenhout (Sunweb) also pulled out. In the women’s race, it was a close battle between German Hanka Kupfernagel (Focus) and Dutch world champion Marianne Vos (DSB Bank). Kupfernagel took the final honours by four seconds over Vos, with Britain’s Helen Wyman (Global) in third. In the U23 men, it was Lars Boom (Ned, Rabobank) winning with a 15 second margin over Niels Albert (Bel, Palmans) and Romain Villa (Italy). Elite men 1 Sven Nys (Ned, Rabobank) 1:06:47 2 Petr Dlask (Cze, Fidea Cycling Team) 0:01:37 3 Erwin Vervecken (Bel, Fidea Cycling Team) 0:01:56 4 Enrico Franzoi (Ita, Lampre Fondital) 0:02:01 5 Christian Heule (Swi, Stevens Racing Team) 0:02:18 6 John Gadret (Fra, AG2R Prevoyance) 0:02:36 7 Rene Birkenfeld (Ger, Harvestehuder RSV v. 1909) 0:02:45 8 Simon Zahner (Swi, Brgis Cycling Team) 0:02:55 9 Jonathan Page (USA, Morgan Blue) 0:03:07 10 Ryan Trebon (USA, Kona) 0:03:21 Elite Women 1 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger, Focus-worldsportstar) 42:02 2 Marianne Vos (Ned, Team DSB Bank) 0:00:04 3 Helen Wyman (GBr, Global Racing Team) 0:00:36 4 Maryline Salvetat (Fra) 0:01:04 5 Laurence Leboucher (Fra) 0:01:10 6 Reza Hormes (Ned) 0:01:26 7 Birgit Hollmann (Ger, Team Getrnke-Hoffmann) 0:01:31 8 Christelle Ferrier Bruneau (Fra) 0:01:39 9 Vania Rossi (Ita) 0:02:05 10 Katie Compton (USA) 0:02:18 Under 23 1 Lars Boom (Ned, Rabobank) 0:50:29 2 Niels Albert (Bel) 0:00:15 3 Romain Villa (Ita) 0:00:46 4 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) 0:01:28 5 Rafael Visinelli (Ita) 0:02:00 Pereiro gets his fax straight Oscar Pereiro, the possible winner of the 2006 Tour de France, has submitted documents to the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) to support his therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for the drug salbutamol. The AFLD claimed that Pereiro was ‘positive’ for the drug on two occasions during the last Tour, and issued several “please explain” letters to the Spaniard. Pereiro ignored them until last week, when it became clear that the French body could disqualify him from the 2006 Tour if he didn’t prove to them that he was asthmatic, and required the drug. The AFLD confirmed that they received the documents by fax last Friday, but didn’t say whether Pereiro had been let off the hook. They will make that decision later this week. Millar and Lelli cleared David Millar and his ex-teammate Massimiliano Lelli were not sentenced in the Cofidis doping trial by a Nanterre court last Friday. Judge Ghislaine Polge ruled that it could not be proven that Millar and Lelli had committed offences in France. But they were the only two involved in the affair not to receive some kind of a sanction: riders Philippe Gaumont, Robert Sassone, Marek Rutkiewicz and Daniel Majewski were all given suspended sentences of six months in prison, while rider Mdric Clain and ex-coach Oleg Kozlitine were given three month suspended sentences. The toughest punishment was reserved for ex-soigneur Boguslaw Madejak, who received a one year prison sentence, nine months of which were suspended. Finally, Parisian pharmacist Pierre Ben Yamin was given a six month suspended sentence and a €3,000 fine, which he will have to pay to the Order of Pharmacists, which acted as a civil party against him. Furthermore, the French Cycling Federation claimed damages against all those involved, save for the pharmacist. Each will have to pay the FFC €10,000 plus interest, as well as another €300 of costs. The judge rejected a claim by Cofidis that its own reputation had been damaged in the affair, which began in early 2004 when Madejak was arrested on drug trafficking charges. Judge Polge commented that Cofidis was “claiming damage to its image but hasn’t experienced a decrease in sales.” He also noted that Cofidis, by being involved in professional cycling, “could not have been unaware of the notorious phenomenon of doping or its extent, as much as those in the medical and sporting world had long stigmatised those practices.” VDB doesn’t confess to EPO use Belgian enfant terrible Franck Vandenbroucke made headlines over the weekend after the announcement of his autobiography Ik ben God niet (I am not God). The publisher, Borgerhoff & Lamberigts, has been promoting the book along the lines of ‘VDB tells all’, and used a controversial quote in its brochure: “EPO? Everyone did it. Me too. It’s the truth and for me, it takes nothing away from the value of my victories.” But, apparently it was just pure publishing propaganda. On Sunday evening, Borgerhoff & Lamberigts issued a statement saying that the quote did not originate from Vandenbroucke, and it was all a misunderstanding. No deal between Liquigas and Cipollini Mario Cipollini will not be taking on a role as technical consultant for Liquigas, the team has reported. The two parties agreed not to work together because of the “increasing professional engagements of Cipollini.” Japanese cycling stars line up for big money Five Keirin specialists from Japan will be among the contestants in the JKA (Japanese Keirin Association) Invitation Keirin race in Manchester on Sunday, February 25th. Kazuya Narita, Masaki Inoue, Kazunari Watanabe, Shinichi Ota and Keiichiro Yaguchi all travel from Japan, where the event is watched by millions of fans. The spectacular JKA Keirin at the Manchester Velodrome will be the last event on the final day of the World Cup (February 23rd-25th), which also determines the overall champion nation. Watanabe is in form following his victory in the team sprint event at the Asia Games in December. Inoe has taken an incredible 108 victories from racing on the busy Keirin circuit in Japan and has finished in the top three in nearly 60% of all his races. Ota is the most experienced rider who won the Keirin Grand Prix in Japan and the men’s kilometre time trial at the Asian games in 1999. The 31-year-old has ridden in 926 Keirin races at home and finished in the top three in over half of those. The five Japanese sprinters vie for a first prize of €15,000 against an international field that will be selected after last weekend’s Track World Cup in Los Angeles. More information: www.worldtrackcycling.com Got a comment? Discuss this in the Procycling forum. What else is new? Check out the Procycling blog.