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by Matt de Neef
July 18, 2016
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Pantano takes breakaway win on Tour’s 15th stage; Tour of Poland stage cancelled due to inclement weather; Rubiano avoids massive crash to win stage one of the Tour de Qinghai Lake; Marianne Vos takes her second stage win at Thuringen Rundfahrt; Simon Gerrans withdraws from Rio Olympics squad after TDF crash; Anti-doping officials request entire Russian delegation be barred from Rio Olympics; BMC on Tour dogfight – Anything can happen in the third week; Chris Boardman’s mother killed while cycling in Wales; Dave Brailsford’s impression of Chris Froome’s Ventoux run; Tour de France stage 14 on-board video highlights.
Anti-doping officials from at least 10 nations and 20 athlete groups will request that the entire Russian delegation be barred from the Summer Olympics over allegations of a state-sponsored doping program, according to the The New York Times.
The anti-doping officials and athletes were expected to pressure Olympic leaders on the matter in the next few days, awaiting results from an investigation into claims of a state-sponsored doping program conducted by Russian officials at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Grigory Rodchenkov, Russia’s former anti-doping lab director, told The Times in May that he followed government orders to cover up the widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs by dozens of Russian Olympians at the Sochi Games. At least 15 of them won medals, he said.
Russia’s three-man team for the Olympic road race was announced in late June — Ilnur Zakarin, Sergei Chernetskiy, and Pavel Kochetkov, all of Katusha.
Zakarin won a stage of the 2015 Giro d’Italia, and was chasing a top GC finish at this year’s race when he crashed on a descent and broke his collarbone. Kochetkov is the newly crowned Russian road race champion, while Chernetskiy won the national time trial championship.
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