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Di Rocco wants new regulation in national championships

Category: Cycling & Doping

Ivan BassoIn the future cyclists who have earlier been suspended for doping may not participate in the Italian national championships, Italian Cycling Federation president Renato Di Rocco said.

He has asked for a chance in the federation’s rules for access to the championships. The new rules will “prevent the participation of riders sanctioned for doping in all categories and specialities.”

That means that any rider who is currently under suspension or has already served a doping ban in the past will not be allowed to race.

The rule would mean that riders like Ivan Basso, Danilo Di Luca, Alessandro Petacchi, Michele Scarponi, Emanuele Sella and Davide Rebellin would be exluced from winning the Italian championships.

After the next meeting of the Italian Cycling Federation's (FCI) Federal Council, we will find out what the rest of the federation thinks about the idea.

Personally I feel like it would be a rather exciting way to convey that doping is unacceptable, at the same way I'm not quite sure it will reduce the number of dopers in Italian cycling sport.
One day later: FCI has announced that only riders who were handed doping suspensions after 1 August 2008 will be prevented from racing in the national championships.

Sicard still not back on his bike

Category: Cycling

Romain SicardFormer U23 World Champion Romain Sicard (Euskaltel-Euskadi) has been away from racing for most of the season due to knee problems. And it will take yet some few days before he is ready to race again.

“The truth is that I am worried,” team manager Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano told Biciciclismo. “He has a major injury, which isn't too serious, but has taken a long time to heal and is still in the recovery period. I trust that within a week or 15 days he will be back on his bike.”

This season, Sicard has finished the Ruta del Sol and started the Paris-Nice and the Volta a Catalunya, but abandoned the two races.

Earlier it was told that new cycling shoes caused the problems, but according to Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano something else had happened.

“He fell at home in December and that created a problem with his pedalling. That produced a problem which affects one leg, which has now been weakened, and he hasn't been able to recover his pedal stroke.”

“These things are rare but the truth is that we are concerned. I hope he can train within a week, and then we'll practically have to start from scratch.”

Garzelli continues to race until, at least, 2012

Category: Cycling

Stefano GarzelliIt's been eleven years since Stefano Garzelli won the Giro d'Italia in 2000. This year, he won the the green climber's jersey for a second consecutive year.

He says he will continue to race with the Acqua & Sapone team through 2012.

"My motto is that if a thing's worth doing, it's worth doing well. I think I did everything right to peak for the Giro d'Italia and I intend to do the same thing all over again next year. I've got a contract with Acqua & Sapone and I'm happy to be with them and help young riders like Carlos Betancourt, who finished fourth in Sestriere," said the soon 38-year-old Italian.

Garzelli did well at the long stage from Conegliano to Gardeccia, a stage that included five major climbs and he took many climber's points during the race.

In the end, Garzelli finished with the climber's points race with a total of 67 points. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard) finished second with 58 and Jose Rujano (Androni Giocattoli) third with 43 points.

"It's hugely satisfying to win the green jersey. I knew I couldn't compete for the maglia rosa this year, the course was just too tough for me, so I targeted stage victories and the mountains classification," Garzelli said.

"I didn't win a stage but I went close on the day to Gardeccia, when I was on the attack all day and then finished second. I was gutted not to win but I was proud of how I rode on such a big mountain stage. I actually think the maglia verde is more prestigious than a stage victory because it puts my name in the history books of the Giro yet again. And having won it in this very hard Giro is even more satisfying."