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NewsWire: Kroon accuses UCI of Contador cover-up; Millar talks Olympic ban

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Kroon accuses UCI of Contador cover-up — De Telegraph

Saxo Bank’s Karston Kroon is fed up with the UCI, watching helplessly as his team totters after the suspension of Alberto Contador.

“Listen, a month after his positive control in the Tour of 2010, Alberto was personally called by UCI President Pat McQuaid,” Kroon said to Dutch daily De Telegraph. “[McQuaid] told him he wanted to keep it quiet. But when it was leaked by the German television, it came out.

“Then Alberto was acquitted in Spain. The UCI, who initially wanted to keep the whole incident quiet, then appealed [the Spanish federation]. And Contador is still suspended. And now they want Saxo Bank to have their license reduced, even though Alberto was riding for Astana in 2010.

“Bjarne had Contador contracted when he was not publicly positive. Worst of all, when Bjarne signed Contador, McQuaid already knew that he was positive. This is ridiculous.”

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David Miller talks about his Olympic ban — BBC

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, David Miller discussed his ban from the 2012 London Olympics, and how he was caught up in EPO use a decade ago.

The British Olympic Association is currently challenging a ruling by the World Anti-Doping Agency that the Olympic ban for past dopers is unenforceable. Though the outcome of that ruling may fall in Millar’s favor, he says that competing in the London Olympics is something that he “signed off on a long time ago.”

“I am quite happy looking forward to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games,” he added. “That will be a much more joyful experience than me going to the Olympics as a black sheep.”

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Michael Rogers waiting for Olympic medal — Sydney Morning Herald

Michael Rogers is “not holding” his “breath” waiting to receive the Olympic time trial bronze medal from the 2004 Games in Athens that should be awarded to him in the aftermath of American Tyler Hamilton being stripped of the gold medal.

The Australian Olympic Committee yesterday said it was confident the medal would soon be presented to Rogers. But the Team Sky rider told the Herald of the process: “It seems to be moving pretty slow. I guess these things do. If it is to be, it is; but if it’s not, it’s not. I would still like to be awarded the medal, but I’m not really holding my breath.”

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Stijn Devolder: ‘feel so much better than last year’ — Gazet Van Antwerpen

After a tough 2011, Stijn Devolder is once again finding the legs that took him to back-to-back Tour of Flanders wins in 2008 and 2009.

Devolder was active in the finale of the first stage of Three Days of De Panne on Tuesday, showing a bit of his old self.

“I feel much better than last year”, he said after the stage. “Like my teammate Lieuwe Westra I have a good starting position for the final ranking. Wednesday it will again be war in the drive to the coast. The wind will make it any easier.”

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