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Greipel seeking to extend record, Lotto loses rider to rules: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

January 16, 2018

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Lotto-Soudal loses Lambrecht from Down Under lineup over UCI testing rule

by Shane Stokes

What appears to be confusion over the UCI’s regulations has meant that Lotto-Soudal has had to remove neo-pro Bjorg Lambrecht from its lineup for the Santos Tour Down Under. “It’s very unfortunate that Bjorg Lambrecht can’t take the start due to a decision of the UCI, for the team but especially for him,” said directeur sportif Herman Frison. “He would have been able to cover his first race kilometres in rather short stages without any pressure.

The team explained what happened, saying that until last year neo-pros on WorldTour teams needed to undergo three doping controls for their biological passport before their first WorldTour race, but now need to be part of the whereabouts system for at least 42 days instead.

“In December the UCI organised three webinars (one in French, English and Spanish) to teach the neo-pros how to use the ADAMS whereabouts system,” it said. “One day later Bjorg Lambrecht received his login for the ADAMS whereabouts system. However, the English webinar only took place on December 14 (only 33 days before the start of Tour Down Under) and Bjorg received his login on December 15 with the message that he needed to fill in his whereabouts as of December 17 (30 days before the start of Tour Down Under) to be able to start at Tour Down Under. Conflicting with the regulations.”

It said that it protested this strongly to the UCI but, in the absence of written confirmation that Lambrecht can start, it has to withhold him from the race. “This is a huge disappointment,” said Lambrecht. “We came to Australia a week ago, I felt good in the group, was looking forward to my first pro season and then it’s a huge disappointment when you hear you can’t start. But of course we can’t take any risk. I will stay here to train for a week and then I will head to Melbourne with the team.”

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