Vuelta News for September 14, 2003
Edited by Chris Henry & Jeff Jones
Plenty of penalties in first mountain stage
Photo: © AFP
The seventh stage
of the Vuelta, the first serious mountain stage, saw a number of riders
attract fines and penalties for various infractions of the rules. When
the peloton split shortly after the start of the stage, leaving numerous
groups facing long flat stretches separated by difficult climbs, some
team managers decided to drive ahead of their riders in order to offer
them shelter from the wind. This is very much against the rules.
The Cofidis, Rabobank and Telekom team managers were all given 200 Swiss
franc fines. Alessio team manager Valerio Tebaldi was expelled from the
stage and the team's second car will not be able to participate in the
race for the remaining stages, leaving the Italian group with only one
vehicle for the rest of the Vuelta.
Two cyclists were also expelled from the race: Italian Davide Frattini
(Alessio) and Austrian Gerrit Glomser (Saeco).
40 riders tested
On Friday morning, 40 riders in the Vuelta were given blood tests to
determine whether they were fit to continue the race. Lampre, Phonak Hearing
Systems, Saeco, Milaneza MSS and Paternina-Costa de Almerķa were the teams
tested. None of the riders were declared unfit to start.
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