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Wednesday’s Euro-file: Ullrich’s terrible year continues; getting ready for Zürich and more

Jan Ullrich was operated on again Tuesday on his troublesome right knee,the German news wires reported Wednesday. Telekom team officials calledthe operation “a success.”The 1997 Tour champion is currently serving a six-month suspension fortesting positive for amphetamines after he took ecstasy pills in a nightout partying in June. Ullrich said he took the pills because he was depressedafter his last knee surgery in May didn’t relieve the pain that sidelinedhim from the 2002 Tour. Just last week, Ullrich said in an interview witha German newspaper he recognized it will be difficult for him to

By Andrew Hood

Jan Ullrich was operated on again Tuesday on his troublesome right knee,the German news wires reported Wednesday. Telekom team officials calledthe operation “a success.”The 1997 Tour champion is currently serving a six-month suspension fortesting positive for amphetamines after he took ecstasy pills in a nightout partying in June. Ullrich said he took the pills because he was depressedafter his last knee surgery in May didn’t relieve the pain that sidelinedhim from the 2002 Tour. Just last week, Ullrich said in an interview witha German newspaper he recognized it will be difficult for him to returnto the top of the sport.The news is the latest in what’s been Ullrich’s annis horribilis. TheOlympic road champion hasn’t raced since the Tour of Qatar in January andstarted to feel knee pain during a training camp in South Africa.In May, he drove his car into bicycle rack after a wild night on thetown and lost his driver’s license. He tested positive for an out-of-competitiontest June 12 and admitted on live German TV in July that he had taken ecstasy.Right now, he’s not receiving his salary from Telekom and, to add insultto injury, the German government slapped him with a fine for the ecstasycase.Telekom close to signing Savoldelli
A year after almost joining U.S. Postal Service, Giro d’Italia championPaoloSavoldelli appears close to signing with Telekom.“We’ve had encouraging talks and we’ve almost got an agreement, butnothing’s been signed yet,” said Telekom’s sport director Rudy Pevenage.Telekom is anxious to rebuild after Ullrich’s decline and there’s noguarantee Ullrich can return to his winning form since winning the Tourfive years ago. “We want to put together a top team for Jan if he overcomesthe hazardous comeback route. A team that can give a response to LanceArmstrong,” Pevenage told the German wires.ONCE wins Burgos team time trial
ONCE won the 18-km team time trial in the third stage of the Vueltaa Burgos and put Mikel Zarrabeitia into the overall race lead.ONCE covered the course in 17 minutes, 58 seconds and finished 17 secondsfaster than Phonak and 29 seconds faster than U.S. Postal Service and ibanesto.com.ONCE also won the team time trial at the Tour de France this summer.Rumsas case triggers dimplomatic tussle
The Lithuanian government is getting involved in the Raimondas andEdita Rumsas case and the nation’s foreign minister said the decisionby a French court to continue to hold the wife of the Lampre rider couldhurt bilateral relations.Lithuania’s foreign minister warned Wednesday that the decision by aFrench court to continue to detain the wife of Lithuanian cyclist RaimondasRumsas on doping charges could strain relations between the two countries.Lithuanian Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis met Wednesday with FrenchCharge d’Affaires Olivier Poupard to express his concern about Edita Rumsas,who has been held in custody since July 30 and was denied bail by a courtTuesday.“I have told Mr. Poupard that all what we see today in the Lithuanianmedia and society does not improve France’s image in Lithuania and doesnot improve Lithuanian-French relations,” Valionis told journalists afterthe meeting. “We do not interfere with the French court system, which isindependent, but think that this question is being solved incorrectly.”Valionis expressed concern that the continued detention of Rumsas atBonneville women’s prison keeps the mother-of-three away from her children.Edita Rumsas was picked up in the French Alps on July 30 with corticoids,testosterone, EPO, growth hormones and anabolic steroids in her car. RaimondasRumsas, whose third-place finish in the Tour has come under suspicion asa result of his wife’s detention, has been suspended by his Italian teamLampre pending an investigation.Two tests during the Tour de France failed to detect any doping substancesin Rumsas’ bloodstream, and an independent test administered last weekalso showed he was clean, AFP reported.Start list for Zürich World Cup
The Meisterschaft von Zürich, a.k.a. GP Suisse, Zürich Championshipsor just plain old Zuri Metzgete, is scheduled to start as plannedSunday in Zürich, Switzerland.Last week, the new race organizers, Upsolut Sports AG, agreed to payprize money still owed from last year and ended the threat of a boycottfrom the top teams. The race is the eighth round of the 10-race World Cupseries and race organizers released a preliminary start list Wednesday.This is sure to change later this week as teams announce their officiallineups.George Hincapie (USPS) won’t start after suffering a scary fall in theClasica San Sebastian on Saturday in Spain. Lance Armstrong, however, isexpected to start what will be one of his final races in Europe of the2002 season.The four-time Tour de France champion rode strong at San Sebastian andfinished in the first group. The Zürich race, however, will be the huntingground for defending champion Paolo Bettini, now just 68 points behindWorld Cup leader Johan Museeuw.
 Start list Mapei – Quick Step
Dir. Sportif: Serge Parsani
1 Bettini Paolo (I)
2 Canada Gracia David (Sp)
3 Ratti Eddy (I)
4 Evans Cadel (Aus)
5 Freire Gomez Oscar (Sp)
6 Nardello Daniele (I)
7 Noe’ Andrea (I)
8 Paolini Luca (I)TEL Team Telekom
Dir. Sportif: Rudy Pevenage
11 Guerini Giuseppe (I)
12 Hiekmann Torsten (G)
13 Julich Bobby (USA)
14 Kessler Matthias (G)
15 Klöden Andreas (G)
16 Livingston Kevin (USA)
17 Vinokourov Alexandre (Kaz)
18 Yakovlev Serguei (Kaz)USP US Postal Service
Dir. Sportif: Dirk Demol
21 Armstrong Lance (USA)
22 Pena Victor Hugo (Col)
23 Clinger David (USA)
24 Ekimov Viatcheslav (Rus)
25  (Was Hincapie)
26 Kjaergaard Steffen (N)
27 Landis Floyd (USA)
28 Padrnos Pavel (Cz)DFF Domo – Farm Frites
Dir. Sportif: Marc Sergeant
31 Bruylandts Dave (B)
32 Cassani Enrico (I)
33 Kleynen Steven (B)
34 Konecny Tomas (Cz)
35 Merckx Axel (B)
36 Museeuw Johan (B)
37 Virenque Richard (F)
38 Wadecki Piotr (Pol)COA Team Coast
Dir. Sportif: Alain Gallopin
41 Aebersold Niki (Swi)
42 Escartin Fernando (Sp)
43 Garmendia Aitor (Sp)
44 Gianetti Mauro (Swi)
45 Huser Rolf (Swi)
46 Lara Francisco (Sp)
47 Schweda Raphael (G)
48 Zülle Alex (Swi)FAS Fassa Bortolo
Dir. Sportif: Alberto Volpi
51 Bartoli Michele (I)
52 Basso Ivan (I)
53 Belli Wladimir (I)
54 Casagrande Francesco (I)
55 Ivanov Serguei (Rus)
56 Kirchen Kim (Lux)
57 Montgomery Sven (Swi)
58 Tosatto Matteo (I)C.A. Crédit Agricole
Dir. Sportif: Serge Beucherie
61 Bessy Frédéric (F)
62 Fedrigo Pierrick (F)
63 Hinault Sébastien (F)
64 Hushovd Thor (N)
65 Moreau Christophe (F)
66 Morin Anthony (F)
67 O’Grady Stuart (Aus)
68 Poilvet Benoît (F)CST Team CSC Tiscali
Dir. Sportif: Johnny Weltz
71 Jalabert Laurent (F)
72 Sastre Carlos (Sp)
73 Calvente Manuel (Sp)
74 Garcia Marcelino (Sp)
75 Jonasson Danny (Dk)
76 Rasmussen Michael (Dk)
77 Rittsel Martin (S)
78 Sörensen Nicki (Dk)ACQ Acqua & Sapone – Cantina Tollo
Dir. Sportif: Giuseppe Petito
81 Gasperoni Cristian (I)
82 Gentili Massimiliano (I)
83 Giabbecucci Federico (I)
84 Giunti Massimo (I)
85 Masciarelli Simone (I)
86 Pena Gago Agustin (Sp)
87 Simeoni Filippo (I)
88 Scarponi Michele (I)COF Cofidis, le Crédit par Téléphone
Dir. Sportif: Francis Van Londersele
91 Atienza Daniel (Sp)
92 Cuesta Inigo (Sp)
93 Fernandez Bingen (Sp)
94 Fofonov Dmitriy (Kaz)
95 Farazijn Peter (B)
96 Kivilev Andrei (Kaz)
97 Tessier Jean-Michel (F)
98 Vasseur Cédric (F)EUS Euskatel – Euskadi
Dir. Sportif: Julian Gorospe
101 Artexte Mikel (Sp)
102 Diaz De Cerio Ruben (Sp)
103 Euba Lander (Sp)
104 Flores Igor (Sp)
105 Isasi Inaki (Sp)
106 Martinez Egoi (Sp)
107 Silloniz Aitor (Sp)
108 Zubeldia Joseba (Sp)ALS Alessio
Dir. Sportif: Bruno Cenghialta
111 Bertolini Alessandro (I)
112 Caucchioli Pietro (I)
113 Dufaux Laurent (Swi)
114 Ferrigato Andrea (I)
115 Ivanov Ruslan (MDA)
116 Gotti Ivan (I)
117 Moreni Cristian (I)
118 Vinale Alberto (I)GST Gerolsteiner
Dir. Sportif: Hans-Michale Holczer
121 Faresin Gianni (I)
122 Rebellin Davide (I)
123 Scholz Ronny (G)
124 Steinhauser Tobias (G)
125 Strauss Marcel (Swi)
126 Totschnig Georg AUT)
127 Wegmann Fabian (G)
128 Weigold Steffen (G)LOT Lotto – Adecco
Dir. Sportif: Joseph Braeckevelt
131 Aerts Mario (B)
132 Baguet Serge (B)
133 Brandt Christophe (B)
134 Mikhailov Guennadi (Rus)
135 Stremersch Tom (B)
136 Van de Wouwer Kurt (B)
137 Van Petegem Peter (B)
138 Verbrugghe Rik (B)INA Index Alexia
Dir. Sportif: Giovanni Fidanza
141 Di Grande Giuseppe (I)
142 Guerra Alessandro (I)
143 Hamburger Bo (Dk)
144 Lanfranchi Paolo (I)
145 Magnani Marco (I)
146 Righi Daniele (I)
147 Valoti Gianluca (I)
148 Valoti Paolo (I)LAM Lampre – Daikin
Dir. Sportif: Pietro Algeri
151 Piccoli Mariano (I)
152 Tonkov Pavel (Rus)
153 Bertogliati Rubens (Swi)
154 Cortinovis Alessandro (I)
155 Garate Juan Manuel (Sp)
156 Missaglia Gabriele (I)
157 Serpellini Marco (I)
158 Sciandri Maximillian (GB)PHO Phonak Hearing Systems
Dir. Sportif: René Savary
161 Bergmann Reto (Swi)
162 Beuchat Roger (Swi)
163 Buxhofer Matthias AUT)
164 Camenzind Oscar (Swi)
165 Elmiger Martin (Swi)
166 Moos Alexandre (Swi)
167 Salmon Benoît (F)
168 Schnider Daniel (Swi)RAB Rabobank
Dir. Sportif: Theo De Rooij
171 Boogerd Michael (Nl)
172 Zberg Beat (Swi)
173 Zberg Markus (Swi)
174 Lotz Marc (Nl)
175 Leipheimer Levi (USA)
176 De Groot Bram (Nl)
177 Engels Addy (Nl)
178 Boven Jan (Nl)SAE Saeco – Longoni Sport
Dir. Sportif: Giuseppe Martinelli
181 Di Luca Danilo (I)
182 Astarloa Igor (Sp)
183 Celestino Mirko (I)
184 Commesso Salvatore (I)
185 Toni Andrea (I)
186 Spezialetti Alessandro (I)
187 Sabaliauskas Marius (Lit)
188 Sacchi Fabio (I)TAC Tacconi Sport – Emmegi
Dir. Sportif: Fabrizio Bontempi191 Frigo Dario (I)
192 Borghi Ruggero (I)
193 Bortolami Gianluca (I)
194 Mazzoleni Eddy (I)
195 Luttenberger Peter (A)
196 Zucconi Pietro (Swi)
197 Calcagni Patrick (Swi)
198 Zampieri Steve (Swi)BAN Ibanesto.com
Dir. Sportif: Alfonso Galilea
201 Barnaowski Dariusz (Pol)
202 Bruseghin Marzio (I)
203 Flecha Giannoni Juan Ant. (Sp)
204 Latasa Lasa David (Sp)
205 Menchov Denis (Rus)
206 Navas Chica David (Sp)
207 Osa Eizaguirre Unai (Sp)
208 Plaza Molina Ruben (Sp)ONE Once – Eroski
Dir. Sportif: Santiago Garcia Quilon
211 Andrle René (Cz)
212 Caruso Giampaolo (I)
213 Florencio Cabre Xavier (Sp)
214 Hruska Jan (Cz) –
215 Nosal Vega Isidro (Sp)
216 Rodriguez Olvier Joaquin (Sp)
217 Arroyo Duran David (Sp)
218 Parra Pinto Ivan (Col)SAI Oktos – Saint – Quentin
Dir. Sportif: Jean-Jacques Loup
221 Bader Vincent (Swi)
222 Bourquenoud Pierre (Swi)
223 Lembo Eddy (F)
224 Gabriel Frédéric (F)
225 Nuttli Jean (Swi)
226 Peter Roman (Swi)
227 Rinero Christophe (F)
228 Templier Vincent (F)