The Bonjour team yesterday sacked young French rider Noan Lelarge after it emerged he had tested positive for a banned substance at the Giro d'Italia.
Lelarge gave a urine sample at the May 28 stage of the Giro (Reggio Emilia Rovigo) and a statement from the Bonjour team revealed that the test had turned up positive for triamcinolone acetonide, a steroid. Calling this a "totally irresponsible individual act," the team dismissed Lelarge who "could not provide any explanation and did not request a counter-test."
The team statement concludes: "More than ever, Jean-Rene Bernaudeau and the leaders of the Bonjour team intend to learn a lesson from this painful event, to continue their fight against doping, to reinforce their vigilance and to go forward with the aim of promoting healthy cycle sport."
Noan Lelarge turned pro two years ago and had been seen as one of the young potential stars of French cycling.
Yesterday's Tour prologue was his first outing in the tricolour jersey of French national champion and Didier Rous was happy to admit mixed feelings about the attention it's getting him. "There's a little stress and your stomach feels tight at the beginning [of a race]." However, he was looking forward to carrying the tricolour for the next three weeks. "It's a relief that the prologue is over and I will be able to enjoy the next stages. It's extraordinary to see all these people looking at me because I am wearing the national champion's jersey. I am being watched much more than before but that isn't an obstruction. I am happy and all the encouragement is heart-warming."
British downhiller Steve Peat (GT) sustained a separated shoulder on Friday in practice for the third round of the Tissot UCI World Cup at Grouse Mountain. According to Stikman, "His hand came off the bars in the woods and he crashed, ended up with a third degree shoulder separation and a broken rib. Knowing how tough Stevie is though, he will pound a few beers and be back as soon as possible."
In a third degree separation the ligaments are completely severed that hold together the acromion and scapula, the bones that make up the shoulder joint. Ouch.
British journalists aren't known for their kind hearts and sympathetic attitudes, so it's no surprise that they quickly turned sarcastic about David Millar's disastrous Tour prologue ride in Dunkirk yesterday.
Surveying the ranks of Millar fans in t-shirts carrying the slogan "What time is it? It's Millar time!" cynical British hacks came up with their own versions: "What time is it?" "It don't know I broke my watch," and "It's time to go to Calais for the ferry." Ouch again.
Major Races and Events
September 7-29, 2002: Vuelta a España (GT) - Preview, stage list
May 11-June 2, 2002: Giro d'Italia (GT) - Preview, stage list, photos
July 6-28, 2002: Tour de France (GT) - Full preview & official route details
December 8: Superprestige Rd 5 (Cat. 1) - Erwin Vervecken
November 29-December 4: Six Days of Noumea (6D) - Sassone/Neuville victorious
November 26-December 1: Six Days of Zurich (6D) - Day 6 - McGrory/Gilmore/Schnider win
December 1: Melbourne Cup on Wheels (IM) - Scott Moller, Keirin, Sprint, Support races
December 2: Cyclo-cross World Cup #2 (CDM) - Sven Nijs again
November 24-December 3: Juegos Deportivos Centroamericanos (JR) - Final results
December 8-9: Frankfurter Rad-Cross (Cat. 2) - Alex Mudroch, UK National Trophy Series #4 (Cat. 3) - Roger Hammond, Grote Prijs Industrie Bosduin - Kalmthout (Cat. 1) - Bart Wellens, Int. Radquer Obergösgen (Cat. 2) - Björn Rondelez, Trofeo Mamma e Papa Guerciotti (Cat. 3) - Enrico Franzoi, Premio Egondo (Cat 3) - David Seco, Irish cyclo-cross championships - Robin Seymour
Results: local racing
Australia - CycleWest Promotions Omnium Series #2, Eastern Suburbs Summer Criterium Series, Carnegie Caulfield Tuesday criterium, Southern Cross Junior Track Open & Madison Cup, Manly Warringah CC, George Town Track Carnival, Carnegie Caulfield CC, Randwick Botany CC, Gold Coast CATS CC, Caesar's Illawarra CC, Caesar's Illawarra (track)
Denmark - Danish cyclo-cross Post Cup #3
Italy - Gran Premio Città di Bassano
Luxembourg - GP De Kopstal
New Zealand - Cyco Criterium series
Spain - Elorrio cyclo-cross
USA - Georgia Cross Series Championship, Chimborazo Grand Prix cyclo-cross, Boulder Cross Rd 6, New Mexico State Cyclo-x Champs, Sorrento Cyclo-x & California State Champ's, Boulder Cross Rd 5, Verge New England series, Northampton CC Cyclo-cross Championships, Chris Cross International CycloCross
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