News for September 6, 2002
Edited by Jeff Jones and Chris Henry
Fagnini will miss Vuelta
Telekom has announced that Gian Matteo Fagnini, Erik Zabel's key leadout
man, will miss the upcoming Vuelta a España. Citing stomach problems
as the primary reason for Fagnini's withdrawal, the team will instead
send Robert Bartko. Team doctor Lothar Heinrich explained Fagnini's situation,
saying "Gian Matteo has complained for four days about stomach pain. His
test results clearly indicate that he should not ride."
Although Bartko will leave Telekom at the end of the year to join the
Dutch Rabobank team, he was nonetheless appreciative of Telekom's invitation
to ride the Vuelta. "I am pleased the team has the confidence in me for
such an important race," Bartko said on the team's web site.
Mapei-Quick Step for Vuelta
Mapei-Quick Step team manager Alvaro Crespi has announced the selection
for the Vuelta Espa–a. The team includes world champion Oscar Freire,
who says his objective will be "battling against the best sprinters to
win stages, particularly during the first part of the race." Freire, like
many others, will also be using the Vuelta as preparation for the upcoming
World Championships in Zolder.
The Vuelta will also serve as the first grand tour outing for Great Britain's
Charly Wegelius. The full team lineup is as follows:
Elio Aggiano, Davide Bramati, David Cañada Gracia, Dario Cioni,
Oscar Freire Gomez, Pedro Horrillo Muñoz, Andrea Noè, Eddy
Ratti & Charly Wegelius. Team directors: Jesus Suarez Cueva, Roberto Damiani
(Sept. 7-16), Fernandez Rodriguez Matxin (Sept. 17-29).
Also see: Vuelta start list
Vuelta blood controls all negative
The 207 riders enrolled in this year's Vuelta were subjected to mandatory
blood tests on Thursday morning between 7:30 and 9:30am. None of those
tested was declared unfit to start. The results of the analysis of urine
samples taken from the riders are expected to be known by Saturday.
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