Russians go to court, Pantani’s notes reproduced in new book, VDB to face court next week, new moves
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE The Russian Olympic Committee has gone to the Court for Arbitration in Sport (CAS) to have Tyler Hamilton’s gold medal from the Olympic time trial taken away and presented to Athens runner-up Viatcheslav Ekimov. Despite Hamilton being confirmed as the Olympic champion after the B sample taken at the Games did not back an A sample which had showed evidence of blood doping, the Russians are insisting that Hamilton be disqualified. The American subsequently withdrew from the Tour of Spain where both an A and B sample revealed evidence of blood doping. * The notes that Marco Pantani wrote during the last months of his life are reproduced in a book that went on sale in Italy yesterday (Wednesday). Called ‘A man in flight: the real story of Marco Pantani’, the book has been produced by the rider’s former representative, Manuela Ronchi, and cycling journalist Gianfranco Josti. Some of the money raised from sales of the book will go towards the Marco Pantani foundation with the aim of creating a sports school. A film company has purchased the film rights to the book. * Frank Vandenbroucke, currently competing in the Amsterdam Six as part of his latest comeback with the MrBookmaker.com team, is set to appear in a Belgian court next Monday to explain why a long list of doping products were found in his home when it was searched on February 27, 2002. Belgian news site Sportwereld.be has published the list of products found at Vandenbroucke’s then home in Lebbeke. Among products found were Clenbuterol (in Ventipilmin Granulaat), EPO (Aranesp) and the human growth hormone Somatropine (Genotonorm). Syringes, some of them with traces of blood, were also found. * Lampre climber Juan Manuel Garate has reached an agreement with Saunier Duval for next season, where he could well be joined by Fdjeux.com’s Nicolas Fritsch. Saunier Duval are also in talks with a potential co-sponsor with a view to establishing a 15-rider team that would compete in Continental Tour events next season. * CSC have signed Danish rider Matti Breschel, who finished sixth in the U23 World Championship in Verona and won a bronze medal in this summer’s Danish Road Championship. “I’m pleased that we succeeded in signing Matti, who we are looking very much forward to start working with, as he is extremely talented and has a huge potential. This made it obvious for us to sign a contract with him, and I’m sure Matti will develop enormously as a rider at our team, where he’ll get a schedule that suits him perfectly,” said CSC team boss Bjarne Riis.