Road World’s OK; Petacchi races again

Cycling's world road race championships will go ahead in Stuttgart, and Alessandro Petacchi is allowed to race again


Cycling’s world road race championships will go ahead in Stuttgart, Germany, next month, organisers said Thursday after agreement on strict anti-doping measures was reached.


Susanne Eisenmann, the head of the organising committee and Stuttgart deputy mayor in charge of sports, confirmed the September 26th-30th event would proceed as planned after a meeting between government officials and regional state representatives.

The event will have a strict programme of anti-doping tests drawn up in accordance with the German anti-doping agency (NADA) and the world anti-doping agency (AMA). German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble had warned last month that the event could be cancelled if the International Cycling Union (UCI) and German Cycling Federation (BDR) did not go along with the programme.

The anti-doping measures include stepping up random pre-competition tests, doubling the number of blood and urine tests during the events and officials accompanying riders to control stations after their finish.

Petacchi to ride in Germany

Italian rider Alessandro Petacchi, who escaped punishment despite failing a dope test in the Tour of Italy, will compete in a race in Germany at the weekend, his Milram team announced on Thursday.

Petacchi tested positive for an unusually high level of salbutamol, a substance primarily used to treat asthma, during the Tour of Italy. The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) had recommended a 12-month ban but Petacchi was cleared of doping by the Italian Cycling Federation.

He finished third in a criterium in Graz, Austria, on Tuesday and Milram confirmed he would next be seen on Saturday in the 182km Rund um der Hanleite classic, a UCI sanctioned race.

CONI announced this week that they were appealing against the decision to clear the rider after his failed urine test on May 23.


© AFP 2007