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By VeloNews Interactive
Genevìeve Jeanson has been left off the Canadian Olympic team bound for Athens, according to The Toronto Star.
The 22-year-old from Lachine, Québec, was dropped from the squad in favor of Manon Jutras, of Drummondville, Québec. Both riders have struggled this season, but Jeanson also has been dogged by doping suspicions, the perception that she is not a team player and recent allegations that her coach spat at another rider during June’s Canadian national road championships.
Jeanson won the Montréal GP World Cup race on May 29, but raced poorly a month later at the Canadian championships June 27 in Kamloops, British Columbia, finishing 11th. Jutras took second behind Lyne Bessette, who had assured her own spot on the Olympic team by being the leading Canadian rider in the UCI rankings. Sue Palmer-Komar of Hamilton claimed her berth by winning the individual time trial at nationals.
Meanwhile, the Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) is looking into charges that Jeanson’s coach, Andre Aubut, spat at rider Anne Samplonius of Montréal during the Canadian road nationals.
According to a report in the Toronto Globe and Mail, Aubut is said to have rolled down the window of his car and spat at Samplonius, who recently had written an open letter to a number of publications, including VeloNews, critical of USA Cycling and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for choosing to fine rather than suspend Jeanson for skipping a drug test after the Flèche Wallone in Belgium this past April.
Jeanson took out a license in the United States because the Québec Cycling Federation denied her one after she was barred from competing at last fall’s world road racing championships in Hamilton, Ontario, for having a high hematocrit.
Samplonius added that Aubut not only spat at her, but cut her off with his car. Aubut has denied the allegations, and CCA spokesman Brett Stewart told the Globe and Mail that his group would review a report from organizers of the Canadian road championships before deciding whether to take any action
“If we get the report and decide with the high-performance committee that some discipline is in order, any action would be with Mr. Aubut directly,” said Stewart.