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Swiss cyclist Jean Nuttli failed in his second bid Saturday to beat the world hour record held by Britain’s Chris Boardman.
Nuttli rode 47 kilometers and 93 meters on the indoor track in Bordeaux, France, well short of the 49.441km set by Boardman in October 2000 in Manchester, England.
The 28-year-old Nuttli also tried to break the record on Friday on the same track but gave up a third of the way into his bid after 21min 2sec and 17km of riding.
Nuttli, who was seriously obese as a teenager, famously lost 57 kilos when he was 22 years old thanks to a draconian diet and hours of work on an indoor home trainer.
He joined the Swiss Phonak team as a pro in 2000 and has since won the time trial stages in the Tour du Poitou-Charentes (2001), the Circuit de la Sarthe (2002) as well as the Herbiers time trial (2000 and 2001).
Drugs weren’t for mom, says Edita Rumsas
The wife of Lithuanian cyclist Raimondas Rumsas has denied saying that a haul of drugs found in her car belonged to her mother. Edita Rumsas was held in jail in France for two and a half months after being caught in the French Alps in July with large quantities of medication including growth hormone, anabolic steroids and the endurance-boosting drug EPO in her car. But she told the Sport Week magazine distributed with Gazzetta dello Sport on Saturday that she had been misquoted about what she told French investigators.
“They were convinced that the medication belonged to Raimondas,” she said. “But I never said they belonged to my mother. I said they had been in my sick mother’s house in Lithuania. A lot of people have been to that apartment which is only normal because she is on her own, and she hasn’t got a husband or any other children.”
Edita Rumsas said the investigators told her they could tell Tour de France organizers to pull her husband out of the race.
“The man who was questioning me … pretended to ring(race director Jean-Marie) Leblanc and said ‘I’m ringing the Tour and the race is over for your husband,'” she told the magazine. “I replied that my husband had tested negative in all his doping tests and that they couldn’t stop him.”
Raimondas Rumsas went on to finish third in the race.
Doping in sport is illegal in France but Rumsas’ wife said she did not believe the ongoing investigation into the medication would produce a trial.
“I don’t think there will be a trial,” she said.
McRae goes domestic
Reigning USPRO road champion Chann McRae has signed with California’s Schroeder Iron Pro Cycling team.
McRae, a competitive athlete since his teen years, will also race as a triathlete, under the banner of the Schroeder squad’s bike sponsor, Litespeed.
The move signals an end to McRae’s European racing focus, where he competed as a member of the Mapei team, before shifting to Mercury-Viatel in 2001. As the Mercury squad suffered a financial collapse, McRae was recruited by U.S. Postal to ride in the 2001 Vuelta à Espana.
Earlier this year, as a member of U.S. Postal, McRae became the USPRO road champion, finishing second to Canadian Mark Walters at the First Union USPRO Championship in Philadelphia.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to join the Schroeder Iron Team, and race on Litespeed,” McRae said in a team release. “Coming in as the team leader for Schroeder Iron for 2003 will give me the opportunity to defend my title as USPRO champion….”
McRae will be joined on the squad by Andrew Randall, Canada’s current national road champion, who also has had a string of impressive results in 2002, including stage victories in Norway’s GP Ringerike and Ireland’s Milk Ras.
Dunlap to skip ‘cross natz
Even when she hasn’t been racing cyclo-cross, Alison Dunlap’s presence has been felt. Foregoing the SuperCup and other national series, Dunlap would usually bide her time, race a few local races – often with the men – and the suddenly appear at national championships and dominate the field. But after a five-year run of U.S. ‘cross titles, Dunlap is opting out of the national’s scheduled for Napa, California, December 15.
A press release issued by her title sponsor, Clif Bar, on Friday reported simply that Dunlap “reports she will sit out the nationals, opening the door for other Clif Bar racers to win titles.”
The Shimano-U.S.C.F. cyclo-cross nationals is expected to draw 16,000 cycling fans to the vineyards of Domaine Chandon for this two-day event. Pro/Elite races are set for Sunday at 1:30 p.m.