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Perez's request turned down, Dutch on top in second round of women's World Cup, Roche opts for Franc

Perez’s request turned down, Dutch on top in second round of women’s World Cup, Roche opts for Franc

PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM The Spanish Committee for Sporting Discipline have turned down Santiago Perez’s request to have his two-year ban for blood doping suspended until the viability of the blood doping test has been confirmed. – The second round of the Women’s World Cup in Wellington, New Zealand, was won by Holland’s Suzanne de Goede. The event took place on Sunday on a 6.2km course covered 20 times, with two small climbs on each lap. De Goede, the world junior road champion in 2002, went clear with Denmark’s Linda Serup on the final lap and took the deciding sprint easily. Fourth place for Australia’s Oenone Wood gave her the leader’s jersey in the World Cup. The third event in the series, La Primavera Rosa, takes place in Italy on March 19. 1 Suzanne de Goede (Hol) Ton van Bemmelen 124km in 3.38.06 (34.11kph) 2 Linda Serup (Den) Buitenpoort 0.01 3 Tina Mayolo-Pic (USA) Avery Ford 0.10 4 Oenone Wood (Aus) Nurnberger Versicherung 5 Jenny MacPherson (Aus) Queensland Academy of Sport 6 Melissa Holt (NZ) New Zealand 7 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Buitenpoort 8 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZ) SC Nobili Rubinetterie 9 Miho Oki (Jpn) Japan 10 Katherine Bates (Aus) Ton van Bemmelen 0.14 – Nicholas Roche, son of 1987 Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and World Championship winner Steven Roche has confirmed that he will take French rather than Irish nationality. The French-born 21 year old is in his first full pro season with the Cofidis team. – The British-registered Barloworld team enjoyed a good weekend with Pedro Arreitunandia winning the main mountain stage of the Tour of Murcia on Saturday and the South African trio of Ryan Cox, Tiaan Kannemeyer and Rodney Green filling the first three places in their national road championship in Pretoria on Sunday. Kannemeyer had led a Barloworld sweep in the time trial championship on Thursday, ahead of David George and Tour de Langkawi winner Cox. – A chance for riders in the East Midlands area to get on their bikes for a good cause. The Rotary Club of Wollaton Park are to hold their third sponsored cycle ride on May 22. There are three routes, of five, 10, and 30 miles. The five-mile route is mostly on cycle tracks, and is designed for young families and the less fit. The ride starts from the Stick and Pitcher on University Boulevard in Nottingham. For more details call 0115 928 6075 or email Andy Taylor at