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Valverde to lead Caisse d’Epargne at Tour Down Under

17 December 2009
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Caisse d%u2019Epargne's Alejandro Valverde (Photo: Getty)

Caisse d’Epargne will bring some of Spain’s best cyclists to Adelaide to compete in the 2010 Santos Tour Down Under in January.

Santos Tour Down Under Race Director, Mike Turtur, today announced the full line-up for Caisse d’Epargne, which includes 2009 Vuelta a España winner Alejandro Valverde and Tour de France stage winner Luis León Sánchez Gil.

“Caisse d’Epargne is bringing an impressively strong team with them to Adelaide. With the likes of Valverde, Sánchez and Gutierrez it’s got the calibre of a Grand Tour team,” says Mike Turtur.

“There will now be three Grand Tour winners competing at the Santos Tour Down Under – Valverde, Pereiro and Armstrong.”

The 2005 winner of the Santos Tour Down Under, Luis León Sánchez Gil, will return to Adelaide after a strong 2009 season.

“Sánchez has had a great year, winning Paris-Nice and a stage of Tour de France,” says Mike Turtur.

“As a former winner of our race and a regular here in Adelaide, he’s become a favourite with the crowds and I’m really pleased that he keeps returning.

“There are a lot of riders in this Caisse d’Epargne team who could do well at our race in January. Rojas was impressive here in 2009, winning the young rider jersey and finishing third in the GC. Rojas will certainly be one to watch in 2010.”

The Caisse d’Epargne line-up for the 2010 Santos Tour Down Under will be led by Team Manager, Neil Stephens (AUS), and includes riders:

Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP), Jose Rojas (ESP), Ivan Gutierrez (ESP), Jose Garcia (ESP), Mathieu Drujon (FRA), Mathieu Perget (FRA).

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oob
Melbourne

Books and testimonies don't amount to an official positive drug test for banned substances. Sam, you don't need faith, you have facts and the fact is that Valverde (and Armstrong) have never been found to be taking drugs. It's the guys who claim to have the evidence needed to bust these athletes that need faith. Their assertions are yet to be proven. If Lemond does take Armstrong to court and he proves (note the word "proves"...) that Lance took drugs, then I'll be at the front of the crowd with my pitchfork. Till then, shut your traps and enjoy your cycling. It's a bit sad that many people decide that they want to see a person go down and then try to amass evidence to support their agenda.

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10:13am Friday
1 January 2010
Sam
Uraidla

The sport doesnt have a chance when met will all the sceptisism. Just gotta have faith. Yes we are going to be hurt from time to time but thats just life. Same with relationships no?

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10:21pm Friday
18 December 2009
Joel
Adelaide

We're not recycling this argument again are we, the only people who matter when it comes to proving quilt are the cycling authorities. Valverde has every right to ride until the UCI says otherwise.

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6:26pm Friday
18 December 2009
Rami
Sydney

Cadel, Lance, and Valverde all big name cyclists racing in Oz. It will be good to see how Lance and Radioshack go against the other two. Maybe an early sign of where he and his team are come TDF 2010.

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1:01pm Friday
18 December 2009
Jorge
Pinto, Madrid

Sam, world doping expert Michael Ashenden (he's Australian too). Google Ashenden and Velocitynation. Read the article. Then all the books and testimonies, then put forth an argument if you can. LA and Bruyneel are fair game in cycling. Innocent until guilty....haha. Not in cycling or any sport. How can you fake an epo test? Don't think too hard or your brain might implode. Perhaps you missed the new this week Sam, the drug testers have been told by the UCI and Anne Gripper (head of UCI anti-doping) that they don't have the faith of cyclings head body anymore. How can they do their job when the UCI keeps interfering and constructing barriers that protect cheats. Do you follow cycling full time? Just wait till Lance gets dragged to court by Lemond next year. Anything Valverde has done will be insignificant compared to this.

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8:31am Friday
18 December 2009
Sam
Uraidla

Innocent until proven guilty. Jorge, I would be interested in knowing what scientific backing you have. Lets let the drug testers do their jobs and just stop talking about who might be doping.

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10:02pm Thursday
17 December 2009
Jorge
Pinto, Madrid

If Lance is allowed to race, everyone else deserves the same entitlements. You don't get worse than LA and the Hog in fraudulent behaviour. 888vdf, if you want to stop doping in sport, bring back Patrice Clerk to run the ASO and remove all people in power at the UCI whilst allowing the AFLD run all drug testing in cycling. The French authorities want to and know how to catch dopers. McQuaid and the UCI are a joke and Bio Passport has far too many holes in it to be effective. Or close your eyes and believe in the fairy tales.

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11:55am Thursday
17 December 2009
oob
Melbourne

In Australia, we consider a person innocent until proven guilty. If Valverde is guilty of doping, chuck the guy out. Until that time, the guy is innocent and shouldn't be subject to exclusion by suspicion.

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8:38pm Wednesday
16 December 2009
Joel
Adelaide

Strong squad, it will be interesting to see how they fare against the sprinting teams.

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7:12pm Wednesday
16 December 2009
Nicholas
Seattle

Err, but Australia isn't Italy. If he's merely 'suspected' in Italy, why should he be punished in Australia? For that matter, Lance Armstrong is followed by suspicion everywhere he goes (whether fairly or otherwise). Should he be barred too? Or are some sorts of suspicion 'valid' and others not? Now, if he was PROVEN to have taken drugs, that's a different matter...

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