Shorts: Rebellin, Phonak, Queally
Rebellin to stay Italian, Queally takes second place in LA kilo, Phonak’s new signings to stand by t
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE According to Italian magazine Tuttosport, Davide Rebellin has decided not to follow up on the attempts he made earlier this year to take on Argentinian nationality in order to assure himself of a place at the world championships. Rebellin took the move after he was not selected for the Italian team for the Olympic Games. Rebellin told Tuttosport that he hoped to “get the chance to defend the colours of my country”, although he said he still felt bitter about missing the Athens Games. – Britain’s 2000 Olympic kilometre champion, Jason Queally, has tightened his grip on that event in the World Cup by taking second place in this weekend’s meeting in Los Angeles. Winner of the first of four World Cup events in Moscow recently, Queally was beaten this time out by Holland’s Theo Bos, who clocked an impressive time of 1-01.678. Kieran Page took fifth place for Britain in the pursuit, while Victoria Pendleton was sixth in the women’s sprint. – All of Phonak’s riders have committed themselves to the Swiss team for next season despite the squad missing out on selection for the ProTour and consequently being forced to take on continental status. The team’s roster, following the release of Tyler Hamilton and Santiago Perez after positive tests for blood doping, now consists of: Niki Aebersold, Aurlien Clerc, Martin Elmiger, Alexandre Moos, Gregory Rast, Daniel Schnider, Johann Tschopp, Sascha Urweider, Steve Zampieri (all Swi), Santiago Botero, Victor Hugo Pena (both Col), Jos Gomez, Santos Gonzalez, Ignacio and Jos Enrique Gutierrez, Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero, Oscar Pereiro (all Spa), Bert Grabsch (Ger), Robert Hunter (SA), Nicolas Jalabert (Fra), Floyd Landis (USA), Uros Murn, Tomasz Nose, Tadej Valjavec (all Slo), and Viktor Rapinski (Blr). – Frank Vandenbroucke’s lawyers have confirmed that they will be appealing against the Belgian’s 200-hour community service sentence handed down last week after the MrBookmaker rider was found guilty of importing and possessing doping products. VDB’s legal team believe the rider is effectively being punished twice on the same charge having already served a ban on this same charge.