Shorts: Basso DNA; Crake; Haedo and Carney

Basso and Discovery agree to DNA test if required; Paul Crake's parents say thanks, but he may be pa


PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Ivan Basso will give a DNA sample “if this requested in a national judicial or disciplinary investigation,” his new Discovery Channel team has confirmed. This will partly mollify the teams who were against Discovery’s signing of Basso because of his alleged involvement in Operaci¢n Puerto. “There has never been a DNA issue,” team manager Johan Bruyneel said in a statement. “Ivan agreed through his lawyer even before we signed to give a sample. He just wanted to make sure that the guarantees provided by the law would be respected.” Bruyneel is of the opinion that parts of the ProTour Code of Conduct were “hastily adopted” by the teams, and should be reviewed. “We believe that even an athlete is innocent until proven guilty,” he said. “A French prosecutor announced an investigation of Lance Armstrong in January 2005. Just this month, 22 months later, he announced that he was dropping the case. Under the Code of Conduct, would we have had to sideline Lance from the 2005 Tour?” The Code of Conduct has been a bone of contention among certain teams this year. In particular, it will not allow teams to field any rider if there is any disciplinary or criminal proceeding pending, even though no guilty verdict has been reached. It effectively killed the seasons of dozens of riders who were named in the leaked draft copy of the Operaci¢n Puerto report. By being sidelined, they were punished whether they were guilty or not, for fear that they could cause scandals in major cycling events. A belated decision by the Spanish court in charge of the Puerto investigation further complicated the issue. The court decreed that none of the information that has come out of Puerto so far could be used to sanction or instigate any proceedings against an athlete, contradicting the ProTour Code of Conduct. Most federations have now dropped their cases against riders, but the Swiss are continuing to pursue Jan Ullrich. As Johan Bruyneel noted, “The Code of Conduct creates some issues that we will have to work together to resolve.” Crake’s parents say thanks The parents of injured Australian cyclist Paul Crake have issued a statement thanking people for their support. Crake suffered spinal injuries after crashing in the second stage of the Tour of Southland in New Zealand, and prospects of him walking again are grim. “We would like to express our sincere thanks for the support and good wishes we have received from the countless number of people from all walks of life following Paul’s cycling accident,” said Paul’s parents, Peter and Elizabeth Crake, in a statement. “We would like to assure all his friends that Paul, who underwent spinal surgery on Wednesday, is progressing well and is fully aware of his condition. Despite the brutality of the situation Paul has been spared and we still have our son. He is still very much the Paul that everybody knows, loves and admires. What is in front of him will be his greatest challenge yet. “We would also like to thank the medical staff here in New Zealand. Their expertise and professionalism has been second to none and we owe his survival to them. Last but not least thank you to Cycling Australia for all the support and assistance we have received.” Paul Crake was a member of the Australian team at the 2004 Road World Championships in Italy, was third in the road race at the 2005 Australian Open Road Championships and this year placed second on the fourth stage of the Jacob’s Creek Tour Down Under into Willunga. This season he has raced as a professional in Italy with the Naturino Sapore di Mare team. Contract news Argentinean sprinter Juan Jos Haedo has made the jump from America’s Toyota-United team to the ProTour ranks, signing with Team CSC. The Danish team now has the services of the winner of two stages in this year’s Tour of California and one in the Tour of Georgia. “I first noticed Haedo this year during Tour of California, where he was yards better than the other sprinters,” said Bjarne Riis. “He is very fast and in my opinion he also has what it takes to do well on the European scene. He’s the type, who has been able to make it on his own in the sprints so far, but with us he will get the support, which will give him the chance to sprint against the very best. I think he’s a very exiting addition to our team and also it’s the first time ever we’ve signed a rider, who is 100% sprinter.” 25 year-old Haedo was more than happy with the move. “I had several opportunities to further my career, but when the offer came in from Team CSC I had no doubts. I’ve watched the team from the outside when they’ve been in the States and it made a big impression on me. I believe I’ll get a unique opportunity to grow as a rider here, and I’ll be working with the most competent people in the business. I know the transition to the European races will be a tough one, but I’m highly motivated to fight for it. I’m the first ever Argentinean rider to be given a chance at this level and the fact that Team CSC has chosen me gives me a tremendous confidence boost.” In more contract news from the American front, retired road sprinter Jonas Carney has been named performance director of the Kelly Benefit Strategies (KBS) Pro Cycling Team. Carney hopes to use his considerable experience to help the new team achieve success. “This is an exciting new challenge,” Carney said. “Competing as a cyclist at the professional level takes a tremendous amount of skill, hard work, and commitment. As performance director of the Kelly Benefit Strategies Pro Cycling Team, I plan on applying those same characteristics to leading our athletes toward a highly successful 2007 season.” John Kelly, president of title sponsor, Kelly Benefit Strategies, said, “This is a major step toward our goal of developing an ultra-competitive cycling team to race in the United States and – someday – International cycling Arenas.” Carney had a career spanning three decades, winning 17 senior US titles and more than 150 pro/elite victories. His forte was sprinting, and he won four US criterium titles. He retired in 2004 and has been coaching since then.