March 26, 2004
Kelme definitively out of the 2004 Tour
Tour organizers say they will NOT offer a 22nd spot in this year's Tour to the Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme team, following accusations from Jesus Manzano that the team engaged in widespread doping.
Following the disclosures made by the Spanish rider Jesus Manzano, the organisers of the Tour de France esteem that the element of doubt hanging over the matter no longer permits the formerly contemplated presence of the Kelme – Costa Blanca team at the start of the next Tour de France.
Amaury Sport Organisation, the organizers of the Tour, also will not allow Kelme to ride in the group's other races, including this weekend's Criterium International, for which a riders list is now available.
Armstrong: 'not planning a farewell tour, but it could be'
Don't miss Samuel Abt's interview with Lance Armstrong in the International Herald Tribune today. He asks Armstrong everything you would ask, about retirement, the state of US Postal's sponsorship, Sheryl Crow, his leading rivals for this year's Tour: it's all there.
Berry Floor might step in for US Postal
cyclingnews.com quotes Berry Floor's marketing manager, Philip Harinck, speaking on Belgium's Radio 1:
"It's a bit premature right now, as we first want to know the final decision from the US Postal Service," Harinck said. "But we remain committed to cycling... The increase in brand awareness has convinced us."
Given the scrutiny that the Postal Service's sponsorship is drawing, and the likelihood that the post office will seek an increase of first-class postage to 41¢, it seems a longshot that the Postal Service will re-up.