Cunego’s Tour decision due on June 20, Kl”den a father again, Chinese latest to slate Olympics deci
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The Lampre-Caffita team have announced that they will make a final decision about Damiano Cunego’s participation in next month’s Tour de France once the Italian rider has undergone a series of medical tests on June 20. Cunego has been told that he has been suffering with glandular fever since April, which the team believes was responsible for his lack of competitiveness at last month’s Giro.
– Andreas Klden has become a father for the second time. His partner Bettina has given birth to a baby girl, who has been named Leticia.
– More disapproval has been voiced of the International Cycling Union’s decision to drop the men’s kilo and women’s 500-metre time trial from the Beijing Olympics, with the hosts the latest to express their amazement at the controversial decision. Jiang Guofeng, the secretary general of the Chinese Cycling Association, described the move as “not very well thought out because these events are amongst the most competitive.”
The Chinese have taken a bronze and silver in the 500-metre time trial in the last two Olympics and had been hoping for gold in what is one of the few events where Asian riders have consistently been in the hunt for medals. According to the Xinhua news agency, the Chinese had suggested dropping other events from the track programme, as had (it seems) the British, Australians and French.
To voice your protest at the loss of these events, sign the petition that can be linked to from the official website of Olympic kilometre champion Chris Hoy.
– The regional government of the Balearic islands has announced that it will be pulling out of headline sponsorship of the Illes Balears team for the next two seasons in order to invest in the Menorca basketball team, which has been promoted into Spain’s national league. The Balearics will not break completely with the cycling team, but is looking for a co-sponsor to pick up most of the sponsorship costs. Talks are reported to be taking place with a French financial institution, which seems likely to be the Caisse d’Epargne savings bank that began to invest in the team earlier this season.
– Alexandre Vinokourov has told Belgium’s Het Nieuwsblad newspaper that he is prepared to leave the T-Mobile team at the end of the season if he does not receive a significant improvement in his salary. “I will take all offers into consideration, even one from Discovery Channel if I get one,” said Vinokourov, who said that any decision on a possible move will be delayed until after the finish of the Tour de France.