November 22, 2004
Beloki out of work (again); Pound reelected
Joseba Beloki will not ride for Saunier-Duval in 2005, according to French reports.
Beloki, 31, finished 2nd in the 2002 Tour, but had a very disappointing 2004, riding for Brioches La Boulangere, then for Saunier-Duval.
In 2003, while riding for ONCE and in 2nd overall, Beloki suffered a horrific crash when he rolled a tubular on Stage 9. Lance Armstrong, following close behind, detoured through a field, cutting a switchback, then dropped right back into the field on the way to his 5th Tour title.
Eurosport reports Beloki will meet with Manolo Saiz today to discuss joining Liberty Seguros, and quotes L'Equipe (in French) that Beloki bought out his own contract.
Meanwhile, Dick Pound will continue to lead the World Anti-Doping Agency, after being reelected Sunday to a three-year term. Pound said he wants WADA to move beyond Olympic sports, and start also testing professionals.
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