Sastre leads CSC; Armstrong; Plaza; Nigeria
Team CSC will not be replacing Ivan Basso next season, preferring to use Carlos Sastre as its captai
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Carlos Sastre will be CSC’s main man next season, in the absence of Ivan Basso. Team manager Bjarne Riis said that he will not look at replacing Basso with another rider. Riis had to pay out the remaining two years of Basso’s contract after the two parted ways in October. “I am not going to spend more money than I have done,” Riis told Danish paper B.T.. “I have a lot of respect for what Carlos Sastre did last year, and Frank Schleck is a man for the future.” Sastre completed all three grand tours this year, finishing third in the Vuelta a Espa¤a and fourth in the Tour de France (third if Landis is disqualified). He was also 43rd in the Giro d’Italia after riding it in the service of Basso. Bjarne Riis also pointed to Fabian Cancellara, who won Paris-Roubaix and the World Time Trial Championship, and Jens Voigt, who dominated the Tour of Germany this year. “There is life after the Tour,” said Riis. “And if one can’t achieve what he wants, then he has to want to achieve something.” Another Armstrong case closed The doors are closing on allegations that Lance Armstrong used performance enhancing drugs during his career. A preliminary investigation that was opened in France in 2005 after the publication of L.A. Confidentiel, les secrets de Lance Armstrong was shelved on Monday. Public prosecutor Philippe Drouet had opened the probe in January, 2005 based on comments made by Armstrong’s former soigneur, Emma O’Reilly, in L.A. Confidentiel. Drouet was particularly interested in the relationship between Armstrong and Benot Nave, an Annecy-based osteopath-nutritionist. Nave worked with Armstrong in 2002 and 2003 as a nutritional consultant and as an osteopath after Armstrong crashed several times in that period. Prosecutor Drouet questioned Nave in September, 2006, but was unable to learn anything of Armstrong’s alleged doping habits to open a full investigation. The matter has thus been adjourned, and Armstrong continues to keep a clean record as far as doping is concerned. Armstrong finishes his first marathon Lance Armstrong finished the New York City marathon last Sunday in a time of 2:59:36. In his first attempt at a such an event, he was 869th in a field of 38,368. The seven-time Tour de France winner also reached his goal of being within an hour of the winner’s time: 2:09:58, run by Brazilian Marilson Gomes dos Santos. “In 20 years of pro sports, endurance sports, from triathlons to cycling, all the Tours, even the worst days in the Tours, nothing was as hard as that, and nothing left me feeling the way I feel now in terms of just sheer fatigue and soreness,” Armstrong was quoted as saying afterwards. Along the way, he was paced by three top marathoners: Alberto Salazar, Joan Benot Samuelson and Hicham el-Guerrouj, courtesy of Nike. Without them, Armstrong said, he would have taken three and a half hours. Armstrong’s participation in the event was aimed at raising funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. It was a successful three hours, as he and a hundred others netted more than $600,000 for the cancer related charity. Plaza to Caisse d’Epargne Spaniard Ruben Plaza will race for Caisse d’Epargne-Illes Balears next season. The 26 year-old time trial specialist rode for Comunidad Valenciana this season, winning the Clasica a Los Puertos, and stages in the Trofeu Joaquim Agostinho and Vuelta Asturias. Nigerian federation vice president almost killed Yinka Badare, the first vice president of the Nigerian Cycling Federation (NCF), has survived an attempt on his life. According to The Tide News, he was attacked by six unknown men in Akure, who stopped him and demanded his car keys and mobile phone. As he turned away, one of the men shot him below the abdomen. Badare was taken to a nearby hospital by friend, and underwent surgery to extract 25 pellets from his body. He is expected to make a full recovery.