Shorts: Roux held, CV OK-ed
Laurent Roux is among those held after French and Belgian police smash a doping ring, Comunidad Vale
PICTURE BY TDWSPORT.COM It has been confirmed that ex-pro Laurent Roux and his brother Fabien are among the 10 people who have been held by police in the French city of Bordeaux following raids last week on a doping ring. The members of the ring are alleged to have been smuggling doping products from Belgium into France. Former ADR soigneur Freddy Sergeant and his wife, Monique, are alleged to behind the ring and being investigated for the import and “offer to an athlete of a doping product”. Former world mountain bike champion Christophe Dupouey was also taken into custody but has been released and placed under judicial control. Among six people arrested in Belgium as part of the same investigation is former pro Jean-Marie Vernie. – Heavily rumoured problems with Comunidad Valenciana’s application for Continental team status this season have been resolved. The Spanish squad, until recently backed by Kelme, has been admitted into what is effectively the sport’s second division by the International Cycling Union. Fellow Spanish teams Relax-Fuenlabrada and Kaiku have also received Continental status, as have MrBookmaker.com (Bel), Landbouwkrediet (Bel), Miche (Bul), Ed’ System (Cze), Ag2r (Fra), Agritubel (Fra), RAGT (Fra), Barloworld (GB), Wiesenhof (Ger), Shimano (Hol), Tenax (Ire), Naturino (Ita), Panaria (Ita), Acqua e Sapone (Ita), Action (Pol), LA Aluminios (Por), Elitron-Portalupi (Swi), Phonak (Swi) and LPR (Swi).