Shorts: Hondo, ProTour, Pozzato

Danilo Hondo's return to racing delayed by admin hold-up, Boonen still leads ProTour as Schleck move

Danilo Hondo’s return to racing delayed by admin hold-up, Boonen still leads ProTour as Schleck move



Danilo Hondo’s return to pro racing with the third division Lamonta team has been delayed after the International Cycling Union did not provide the necessary authorisation for the German to start Monday’s Rund um Kln following his doping suspension. Hondo was handed a two-year ban by the World Anti-Doping Agency after testing positive for the stimulant Carphedon at last year’s Tour of Murcia, but a Swiss civil court recently reduced the length of the ban after Hondo appealed. “The UCI haven’t been able to study the documents that were presented to them last Thursday,” explained Hondo, who is now hoping to start the Niedersachsen Rundfahrt in Lamonta’s colours at the end of this month.

– The top six places in the ProTour standings remained unchanged after Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race, which was won by CSC’s Frank Schleck. The Luxembourger was the big mover in the standings, rising from 27th place to seventh. Tom Boonen continues to lead, although second-placed Alessandro Ballan has decided to ride this weekend’s Lige-Bastogne-Lige with the aim of overhauling the Belgian. Schleck’s CSC team head the team rankings, but only by a point from Gerolsteiner.

1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic 129
2 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre 105
3 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) CSC 84
4 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Milram 72
5 Antonio Colom (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 71
6 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick Step 70
7 Frank Schleck (Lux) CSC 65
8 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel 60
9 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel 59
10 Jos Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Saunier Duval 53
11 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak 52
12 Thomas Dekker (Hol) Rabobank 51


1 Team CSC 113
2 Gerolsteiner 112
3 Quick Step 105
4 Discovery Channel 102
5 Rabobank 102
6 Phonak 98
7 T-Mobile 97
8 Lampre 93
9 Davitamon-Lotto 93
10 Caisse d’Epargne 83


Filippo Pozzato returns to the scene of his Milan-San Remo triumph tonight, or at least the opening part of it, as he takes up an invite from AC Milan to be a guest of honour at the Champions’ League semi-final game against Barcelona. Big Milan fan Pozzato will be taking team-mate and fellow enthusiast Guido Trenti to the match with the second ticket he’s been given. Pozzato admitted he is waiting to see how tonight’s first leg of the semi goes before he decides whether to attend the return game in Barcelona next week.