Tour de France News for May 13, 2004
Edited by John Stevenson
Ullrich 'definite' for Tour of Germany
Jan Ullrich will definitely start the Tour of Germany (May 31-June 6),
according to a report on www.radsport-news.com. At a press conference
in Karlsruhe yesterday, Tour of Germany organiser Roland Hofer confirmed
Ullrich's participation in his national tour. "I personally would not
be sure that he can win this year," said Hofer. "However I am convinced
that if he decides to he can win a stage."
Erik Zabel will also represent T-Mobile in the Tour of Germany, and both
of Germany's other top teams, Gerolsteiner and Wiesenhof will line up.
"Of the top eight international teams, seven will be here at the start,"
T-Mobile is aiming to grab the leader's jersey immediately, according
to team spokesman Olaf Ludwig. "The [prologue] time trial in Karlsruhe
will be our absolute priority. And then we will defend the yellow jersey
for as long as we can," said Ludwig.
Cofidis wins one on appeal
The Cofidis team has been granted access to files from the ongoing investigation
into doping within the team by French judge Richard Pallain. Thus far,
despite numerous allegations and even information from the investigation
being leaked to the French press, Cofidis itself has been denied the ability
to learn first-hand what exactly has been transpiring in Pallain's inquiry,
which still places Cédric Vasseur under investigation and thus
keeps him suspended from competition (per Cofidis rules).
A court of appeals in Versailles ruled that the Cofidis business is in
a sense a victim, as the investigation focuses on the acts of individuals
rather than the company or team as a whole.
Vasseur, who voiced considerable disappointment at being deprived a start
in the recent Four Days of Dunkirk, is expected to meet with Cofidis president
François Migraine, and will also come face to face with his principal
accuser, ex-Cofidis pro Philippe Gaumont, in Pallain's courtroom on the
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