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Racing News - September 28, 2007

  • The city of Stuttgart's request for an injuction to bar Paolo Bettini from racing in the World Championships road race on Sunday has been rejected, so he will be lining up to defend his rainbow jersey.
  • T-Mobile is revamping their team for 2008, adding 10 new riders, the most notable of which is George Hicnapie and Bradley Wiggins.
  • The Tour Down Under will receive ProTour status in 2008, a year earlier than anticipated.
  • Mario Cipollini hosted a swank party during Interbike at the Mirage on Wednesday, then went out and raced in the USA Crits on Thursday.
  • Oops. Michael Rasmussen was found to have used  Dynepo during the 2007 Tour de France. While not on the UCIs list of banned substances, it is questionable. WADA's criteria of positivity of a test have not yet adapted to the advances in the pharmaceutical market.
  • Patrik Sinkewitz is now denying that Paolo Bettini supplied him with testosterone gel.
  • Svitlana Semchuk of the Ukraine women's team has been declared "unfit to ride" in Saturday's road race. 
  • Danilo DiLuca has withdrawn from Sunday's mens road race. He bowed to pressure from the Stuttgart organisers who objected to his participation after two separate doping investigations this year. He maintains his innocence.

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