World Championships: Di Luca withdraws - chaos in Germany

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28.09.2007/ Danilo Di Luca withdrew from the road race world championships on Thursday after the German organizers announced that they had taken out a court injunctionagainst the participation of Di Luca and defending world champion Paolo Bettini. The anti-doping commission of the Italian Olympic Committee recommended on Thursday that Di Luca receives a four months ban.

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Danilo Di Luca out for the wolrds...(picture: Cyclingheroes)

Thursday was a day full of chaos at the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany. In the morning hours the German federal police (BKA) searched the hotel room of defending world champion Paolo Bettini. According to state prosecuter Fred Apostel, who also investigates fraud charges against Jan Ullrich, Bettini was not interrogated but the BKA asked him some questions.

The organizing committee of the world championships in Stuttgart announced that they had taken out a court injunction against the participation of Danilo Di Luca and Paolo Bettini. A few hours later the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) announced that they recommended a ban of 4 months for Di Luca's involvement in the Oil for Drugs case. The Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) withdrew Di Luca from the national squad for the worlds road race .  

UCI president Pat McQuaid insists that Paolo Bettini will start on Sunday's road race and that nothing can change that. McQuaid told reporters that in his view the president of the Stuttgart organizing committee, Suzanne Eisenmann (mayor for sports of the city of Stuttgart) has political motives for her actions.

Eisenmann said today that the vice president of the German Cycling Federation (BDR) is not welcome at the world Cahmpionships and demanded that the BDR withdraws Sprenger's accreditation. Sprenger was accused of organizing doping during the time he was team manager of the German Nürnberger squad. earlier Eisenmann said that Cycling legend Eddy Merckx, Rudi Altig and Gianni Bugno are not welcome in Stuttgart. Belgian newspaper Sportwereld called the actions of the organizing committee of the worlds "doping hysteria".

German TV station ZDF is considering not to broadcast Sunbday's road race.  ZDF and ARD already stopped live broadcasting of this years Tour de France. The public tv stations did broadcast track and field championships in Stuttgart earlier this month. A report about doping during the Stutgart track and field meeting was broadcasted on one of the smaller regional programms.

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