|Jan Ullrich during his retirement press conference (© Cyclingheroes)
T-Mobile starts with a team internal anti-doping programm in cooperation with the German university of Bayreuth.
CSC starts a team internal anti-doping programm with Danish anti-doping expert Rasmus Damsgaard. We would like to thank the
UCI for governing the sport. Swiss rider Martin Elmiger won the overall of the Tour Down Under and Boonen's teammate Wilfried
Cretskens took the overal of the Tour of Qatar. Colombian rider Hernan Buenahora showed his class by winning the Vuelta
Al Tachira overall at the age of 40.
Credit Agricoles Anthony Charteau took the overall of the prestigous Tour de Langkawi. Levi Leipheimer won the second
edition of the Tour of California. Jan Ullrich retired from professional cycling.
According to German magazine Focus a tape with the voice of Rudy Pevenage suggests that Ullrich decided to hang up his bike
after he saw that "nothing had changed" at his former T-Mobile Team during a training camp at Mallorca. Up to now Ullrich
has not been officially charged neither by the Swiss Cycling Federation nor by the state prosecution of Bonn. We would
like to thank the UCI for governing the sport.
Filippo Pozzato won the traditional Belgian opener 'Omloop Het Volk'. Pavel Brutt took the GP Chiasso. As the
GP Chiasso dissapeared from the 2008 calender we would like to thank the UCI for governing the sport. Tom Boonen took Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, Marcel Sieberg
grabbed a remarkable second place. Alex Efimkin took the overall of the South-African stage race Giro Del Capo. Danilo Di
Luca took Milano- Torino. Alberto Contador takes Paris-Nice and Andreas Klöden took the Tirreno-Adriatico. Oscar Freire won
Milano-San Remo. Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-San Remo are no longer part of the UCI Pro-Tour in 2008. We
would like to thank the UCI for governing the sport. Contador's second strike was the overall of the Vuelta Castilla y Leon. Michele
Scarponi won Coppi et Bartali. Boonen took Dwars Door Vlaanderen and the E3 Prijs, Jens Voigt won the Criterium International.
|Alberto Contador took Paris-Nice (© Cyclingheroes)
Oscar Freire won the Brabantse Pijl for the third time in a row and Alessandro Ballan took the overall of the Driedaagse
van De Panne. A few days later Ballan also won the Tour of Flanders. J.J. Haedo won the Cologne Classics. The German race still hasn't found a new sponsor for the 2008 edition. We would like to thank the UCI for governing the sport. Juan José Cobo took the Tour of Basque country. Andreas Klöden won
the French stage race Circuit de la Sarthe and young gun Marcus Burghardt won Gent-Wevelgem. Stuart O' Grady won Paris-Roubaix
after a long attack and Joaquim Rodriguez took the Klasika Primavera. Janez Brajkovic won the Tour de Georgia and Damiano
Cunego the Giro del Trentino. Gerolsteiner's Stefan Schumacher won the Amstel Gold Race and a few days later his teammate
Davide Rebellin won the Fleche Wallonne. Rabobank's Young gun Robert Gesink impressed many observers with his 9th place
on the famous wall of Huy. Danilo Di Luca took Liège-Bastogne-Liège. In 2008 Paris-Roubaix, Fleche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège
are no longer part of the Pro-Tour. We would like to thank the UCI for governing the sport. Colombian rider Wilson Zambrano won
the overall of the Vuelta a El Salvador, a nine day stage race.
Patrick Sinkewitz won his home race: Rund um den Henninger Turm . Young gun Thomas Dekker took his second Pro-Tour stage race: the Tour de Romandie. In 2006 Dekker won Tirreno-Adriatico.
Koldo Gil won the Vuelta Asturias. Gil was allegedly involved in the Fuentes scandal but like many other riders Gil was allowed
to race as the Spanish Cycling Federation closed all cases of the Spanish riders that were allegedly involved in 'Operacion
Puerto'. The investigating judge of the court of Madrid ruled that the sports federations were not allowed to use official
Guardia Civil documents to open proceedings against athletes. However Ivan Basso and Michele Scarponi both admitted their
involvement in the scandal and were banned by the Italian Cycling Federation. We would like to thank the UCI for governing
the sport. Ivailo Gabrowski won the overall of the International Presidency Turkey Tour and the four days of Dunkerque
are now five days. The French stage race was won by Mathieu Ladagnous. Former pro Bert Dietz confessed systematic doping
at Team Telekom during the nineties and claims that it was title sponsor Deutsche Telekom who signed with the University of Freiburg. Deutsche Telekom later confirms. We want to thank the UCI for governing the sport. Sergey Honchar was suspended by the T-Mobile Team after the internal anti-doping programm of the Team found irregularities. We would like to thank the UCI for governing the sport. The Giro d'Italia was won by Danilo Di Luca. The killer rode a very
solid Giro. After the Giro the UCI refused to hand over material of Eddy Mazzoleni, Danilo Di Luca and Gilberto Simoni to
Italian Anti-Doping Authorities. We would like to thank the UCI for governing the sport. Gerald Ciolek won the Tour of Rheinland-Pfalz.
It was the final edition after 42 years of the German stage race. The organisation stopped all operations. We would like to
thank the UCI for governing the sport. Robert Hunter took the Tour de Picardie and Vladimir Karpets took the Volta a Catalunya.
Vladimir Gusev won the Tour of Belgium. After Bert Dietz a wave of confessions by former Telekom riders: Bjarne Riis, Christian
Henn, Udo Bölts, Rolf Aldag and Erik Zabel confessed to have taken epo. Shortly after the wave of confessions T-Mobile doctors
of the university of Freiburg admitted to have treated several Telekom riders with performance enhancing drugs. We would like
to thank the UCI for governing the sport.
|Danilo di Luca took the Giro (© Heinz Zwicky)