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Must Reads: Spanish officials expect UCI to appeal Contador ruling; setback for Romero

Must Reads: Spanish officials expect UCI to appeal Contador ruling; setback for Romero

AS: Officials expect Contador appeal

Top Spanish cycling officials say they expect an appeal from the UCI on Alberto Contador’s ongoing doping case. Speaking to the Spanish sports daily AS, officials say an appeal to the Spanish cycling federation’s decision to clear Contador is likely to be challenged. “We are all but sure that the UCI will appeal the absolution of Contador,” said Luis Sanz, legal advisor to the Spanish cycling federation. “We must carefully study the weak points and Contador’s team also must revise its arguments. We have to strengthen the entire dossier before it’s presented for review.”

Spanish cycling federation president Juan Carlos Castaño echoed that sentiment, “Pat McQuaid congratulated us on the work we did, but he complained of political intervention. (There was no political influence), even though those indirect inferences did seem inappropriate. That’s how it’s perceived abroad, that (Contador) was exonerated by these declarations.”

Sky Sports: Setback for Romero

Rebecca Romero’s hopes of competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games have suffered a blow after she was left out of the Great Britain team for the forthcoming track cycling world championships, writes Sky Sports. British Cycling performance manager Shane Sutton still believes that Romero, who won rowing silver in the quadruple sculls in Athens, has the ability to fight her way back into the reckoning in time for the London Games. Sutton said: “Rebecca is very much up against it, but she’s got a big heart, she’s a true fighter and if anyone has got the will, grit, guts and determination and all the things you’re going to need to make London, she has.I wouldn’t rule her out at this moment in time. Hopefully she’ll push on and get back to her best.”

Edmonton Journal: Axel Merckx promotes Canadian Gran Fondos

The Trek-Livestrong director is launching the Valley First Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan, a community ride, in Penticton, B.C. on July 10. Part of the registration funds will go to the Axel Merckx Youth Development Program, for coaching and travel expenses of young cyclists in Canada.