World Championships: Race organizers lose court case - Bettini allowed to start

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29.09.2007/ The overeager local organizers of the World Championships in Stuttgart lost a court case on Friday. The court of Stuttgart rejected a court injunction that would have banned defending champion Paolo Bettini from Sunday's road race.

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Paolo Bettin will starts and wants to defend his title...(picture: Cyclingheroes)

The chaos in Stuttgart continued on Friday. The overeager local organizing committee of the World Championships lost a court case on Friday. The race organizers wanted to ban defending champion Paolo Bettini from Sunday's road race after Bettini refused to sign the riders anti-doping declaration. The ruling judge ruled that Bettini is not obliged to sign the agreement as its not binding.

It's not the first time that the way things are handled by the local organizing committee are raising questions. The president of the local organizing committee, Suzanne Eisenmann declared cycling legends like Eddy Merckx, Gianni Bugno, Rudi Altig and Didi Thurau as 'persona non grata' because of their involvement in doping cases. Interesting is that Eisenmann and the local organization seem to handle with double standards. Former riders like Bjarne Riis, Vittorio Adorni and Bernhard Thevenet are in Stuttgart and received an official accreditation for the worlds.

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