Shorts: Oscar, VDB, Avenir
Camenzind gets banned despite retiring, Vandenbroucke races in Belgium today, American success at th
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Despite already announcing his retirement from racing after testing positive for EPO, Oscar Camenzind has been handed a two-year ban and fined 11,310 Swiss francs (£5,000) by the Swiss federation. 1998 world champion Camenzind was found positive in an out-of-competition test conducted prior to the Athens Olympics and was subsequently sacked by the Phonak team. * Frank Vandenbroucke is putting his recent troubles behind him by lining up in a race at Izegem in Belgium today. Questioned by police last month after a shotgun was fired at his home, Vandenbroucke’s relationship with his Fassa Bortolo team is thought to be over and the Belgian now needs to impress any possible suitors that he is both committed to and focused on cycling. * Success for the American federation team at the Tour de l’Avenir, where 20-year-old prospect Tyler Farrar has won the seventh stage in a sprint. The young Healthnet rider beat Euskaltel’s Koldo Fernandez and triple stage winner Sebastian Chavanel at the end of a 146-kilometre stage from Metz to Rambervilliers. The lead remains in the hands of fdjeux.com’s Thomas Lovkvist as the race heads into its decisive mountain stages in the coming three days.