My name is Elin - A pro cycling lover's reflections

Is Footon-Servetto trying to joke with us?

Category: Cycling

Something happened to Giampaolo Cheula (Footon Servetto) as he was dropped from the squad's roster before the Tour de France. Isn't that really weird? Cheula was the only rider in the team's roster who had previously raced the Tour. All the other guys are pure debutants .

The debutant Aitor Perez will take his place, and Cheula has been asked to race the Tour of Austria instead. A squad composed entirely of debutants, it's a joke, no?

It isn't fair to Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team and other teams left out from the race to let the crappy Footon-Servetto team race. It doesn't feel like they respect the Tour de France. How else can they allow themselves to start with such weak squad? And how could they suddenly leave out its most experienced cyclist. Sure, Aitor Perez has been a professional for many years, but he has no experience when it comes to the Tour.

“Everything was fine. Today I should have been arriving in Rotterdam [for the start of the Tour de France] and then yesterday they told me that their plans had changed,” Cheula told La Stampa.

“They called me when I was training. It was my last spin before plunging into the atmosphere of the Tour. I was on the climb of the Devero, and in my disappointment I turned around and went home to my son. It would be a lie to say that I wasn’t upset,” he said.

Haussler's surgery was successful

Category: Cycling

Again Heinrich Haussler has undergone a successful surgery on his knee in Basel, Switzerland. The year 2010 has really sucked for him. It hasn't been a good year, as he has suffered multiple injuries and diseases, plus he recently got caught - drink-driving.

"Heinrich feels well after the successful surgery yesterday," said Andreas Goesele, Cervélo TestTeam's chief medical officer. "It was a necessary operation, and Heinrich is now focused on full recovery."

He crashed in the Volta a Algarve this spring and his knee hasn't healed properly. Despite resting the injury continued to disturb him. Especially as he continued to crash and injure himself during other races. He has been luckless this season. In the end a surgery was necessary. 

"I am happy that I had this surgery," said Haussler. "I will now start my rehabilitation process and take my time to get fully recovered. I'm sure it will be hard for me to watch the Tour de France on TV now, as it was one of my main goals this season.

"As I have already stressed, my health is the first priority and I would like to come back to cycling healthy and in good shape. When that comeback will be, I do not know yet, it depends on my recovery process. But now I wish my colleagues from Cervélo TestTeam all the best for the Tour de France 2010!"

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Italian police searched pro cyclists' home

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The homes of Marco Velo (Quick Step), Riccardo Chiarini (De Rosa), Marco Corti (Footon Servetto) and Raffaele Ferrara (Carmiooro) have been searched. It doesn't sound good, right?

You may remember that a squad, Lucchini-Unidelta team, were excluded from the Girobio (Baby Giro) earlier this month. It is this event that the Italian police are working with. During the race the police found banned substances and medicines for which there were no prescriptions after a raid of team's director Bruno Leali's house, the team's hotel and training base. It is quite appalling that the kind of doping exists in amateur cycling. Thankfully they seem to be an exception.

Yesterday the police also carried out raids on the homes of five of the six Lucchini riders excluded from GiroBio, an unnamed mountain bike rider, a female professional (Francesca Faustini), but also some footballer from Genoa’s youth system, the Italian news paper, La Gazzetta dello Sport, wrote.