Giro to commemorate Fabio Casartelli, Scarponi leaves Domina Vacanze for Spain, Rumsas called to app
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Although the presentation of the route of the 2005 Giro is not likely to take place until early next year as negotiations continue over television coverage, small details continue to appear in the Italian press. The latest suggests that the race’s final stage will start in the town of Albese con Cassano, near Como, where 1992 Olympic champion Fabio Casartelli was born. The stage will act as a memorial to Casartelli 10 years after his death as a result of a fall in the Tour de France. – Michele Scarponi has been linked with any number of teams in recent weeks, but it now appears that the 25-year-old Italian has signed with Liberty Seguros, for whom he will no doubt join fellow new boy Joseba Beloki in leading the team at the Giro. – Raimondas Rumsas has been summoned to appear before a court in Bonneville in the French Alps to face a charge of alleged trafficking of doping substances. The charge stems from the incident that took place on the final day of the 2002 Tour de France when Rumsas’ wife, Edita, was stopped at the French/Italian frontier and her car was found to contain a considerable number of medical products. Edita Rumsas has also been called to appear. Rumsas will not face a charge of using doping substances because the French authorities have been unable to establish he had done so on his way to third place in that year’s Tour. Rumsas was sacked by the Lampre team after testing positive for EPO during the 2003 Giro.