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Olympic Cycling News for August 21, 2004
Edited by Chris Henry
Baugé's time will come
French reserve track cyclist Grégory Baugé is only in Athens
to fill in for his teammates in case of accident or injury, but the 19 year
old is considered the next great threat for the strong national track program.
Baugé has already impressed coaches Daniel Morelon and Gérard
Quintyn, and is expected to excel in the coming years.
"Right now he's posting times faster than Florian Rousseau, Arnaud Tournant
and Laurent Gané did at the same age," Quintyn told the Associated
Press. "He's an incredibly gifted kid. If we've taken him to the Games,
it's because of his great talent."
Baugé was a silver medallist in the 2003 World Championships in Stuttgart,
Germany in the junior sprint competition, as well as world champion in the team
sprint in the 2002 Junior World's.
"Of course I'm happy to know that I've done better times than my predecessors
at the same age," Baugé said. "The concern is that I like to go out and
party... Thankfully, when competitions come up, I'm able to stop going out.
That's not going to keep me from pushing hard on the pedals."
Baugé, who rides for the US Créteil team outside Paris, has clearly
inspired hope in his national team.
"The changing of the guard is assured with Greg Baugé," Quintyn commented.
Peden withdraws from Olympics
Track cyclist Anthony Peden has withdrawn from the New Zealand Olympic team
after claiming to have inadvertently taken a banned drug. Former Australian
representative Peden has flown from France to his home in Newcastle, New South
Wales, ending a dramatic series of events which began last month when he visited
a doctor in Germany to receive treatment for ongoing back and leg pain.
Peden told the New Zealand Olympic Committee he was prescribed the drug Triamcinoline,
a cortisone-type drug which has no performance enhancing properties but which
is on the banned list for in-competition under the regulations of the World
Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
This took place in Cottbus between July 19 and 28 but New Zealand Olympic team
chef de mission Dave Currie was unclear of the exact date.
Due to language difficulties with the German doctor, Peden told the NZOC he
was unaware that the administered product would still be in his body by the
start of the in-competition testing period on August 1.
He said he was also not advised by the doctor of a need to apply to the International
Olympic Committee (IOC) and UCI for a therapeutic use exemption.
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