The Week That Was...

News & Results

05/9/2005| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin
Giro prologue winner Brett Lancaster meets Mario Cipollini (retired Lion King). Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Giro prologue winner Brett Lancaster meets Mario Cipollini (retired Lion King). Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

The Week That Was...

Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.

offered by the experts of the UCI, who deserve the maximum credibility.?


"For this reason the team puts Nuno Ribeiro at the disposal of the UCI from this moment on, and he will travel to Lausanne in order to do the tests that are considered necessary, as well as the pertinent antidoping controls, to establish the origin of this anomalous result."


"Besides the ethical code signed by the teams of the ProTour, all the riders of the Liberty Seguros-W?rth team have in their contract a clause by which they will be immediately dismissed after a 'positive'. In this case it is a question of a 'health control', for which the team hopes that the experts of the UCI, besides the declaration of 'inaptitude' for fifteen days, clarify the origin of this result and will take the disciplinary measurements that are appropriate, included among which can be the immediate cessation of the rider's contract. This evening, the UCI will submit him to the first antidoping control."


Within days, following a meeting between team management, sponsors and the rider, Ribeiro has had his contract with the Spanish team cancelled with immediate effect.  There was no objection from the rider.


According to, prize money at this years Giro d?Italia has dropped by almost 15%, a staggering ?200,000.  This has angered The Professional Riders Association.  Races organisers RCS have tried to compensate by reducing the cost of start money for the teams.  The reduction in prize money is as a result of RAI, the race broadcaster, not earning enough from broadcast sales.


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