June 30, 2006
Who's out: Which riders won't start?
There are only 10 riders from the provisional Tour start list on the list of names under investigation in Spain, including 1 reserve. All will be withdrawn from the Tour.
- Isidro Nozal
- Jorg Jaksche
- Joseba Beloki
- Reserve: Aitor Osa
- Added Friday: Alberto Contador
- Added Friday: Allan Davis
Update: Astaná-Würth withdrew from the Tour on Friday afternoon. That adds Vinokourov, Kashechkin, Bazayev, and Sanchez as riders from the provisional start list not on the final start list.
- Ivan Basso
- Francisco Mancebo
- Jan Ullrich
- Oscar Sevilla
Some mainstream press reports have “dozens of others being excluded from the Tour, but that's not the case. There are almost 40 riders named in the 500-page report, but only these 10 were on their team's provisional Tour roster, so only they can be excluded from the Tour.
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And you reported below that these riders aren't being replaced? So their teams will line up for the start tomorrow already under-manned?
Posted by: noelle at Jun 30, 2006 10:25:37 AM
This is definitely a black eye for this year's Tour and for cycling in general. Take nothing away from the new favorites of the race though. With Lance's retirement last year and the withdrawal of many of the favorites, the doors are open for names like Leipheimer, Evans, Hincapie, Landis, Julich and Valverde among many others. Hopefully, the sprinters will provide some great finishes, the climbers will put on a show, and maybe an overlooked underdog will surface and where the yellow jersey in Paris. It would be a shame for the doping scandal to be all that is remembered from the '06 tour
Posted by: Brendon at Jul 1, 2006 3:48:12 AM
Come on. What pro in Europe hasn't doped? The only ones are the genetic freaks who were born with a horse's cardiovascular system and the nobody's just trying to get hired for another ride next year. This sport is so full of EPO and steroids that it's having it's own embolism. The ones who win are simply the ones who don't get caught.
Posted by: Dean at Jul 2, 2006 2:37:44 AM
How can you say every "pro in europe has doped"? Firstly, you have no basis to say that. Remember, it is proper to give people the benefit of the doubt if you have NO PROOF. Ullrich has been in trouble for years, so that's nothing new. Poor, Poor Basso... Listen, sport in general are having problems with steroids, but we shouldn't just say everyone is doped up, so who cares. I really believe that if there is no proof one should assume innocence...
Btw, goooooooo Hincapie!!!
Posted by: Brett at Jul 2, 2006 3:05:49 PM
"Something is rotten in Denmark"
I and others who are in the cycling game smell a fishy fix! Somebody has a lot to gain from this week's weird lead-up to the TdF. I can no longer stomach watching OLN -- the whole dais is a joke. Yesterday Liggot said that the expelled riders should be ashamed and " may we never see them again" and in the next breath he welcomes Miller back after his two year ban! Give me a break. And to top it off you would think Lance is still in the tour... I don't need to hear the jingoism about Lance. He is in the past. lets deal with today's riders.
Like i said i smell fishy money interests behind all this phony innuendo. This so called bombshell has been known about for over 35 days. why weren't the riders in question checked out and been given a chance to face their accusers? I am not interested in watching the tour this year to see pretenders vie for the Maille... This July I'll be out riding and won't give a hoot about the tdf. goodbye.
Posted by: vanni at Jul 2, 2006 6:30:03 PM