British race favorite Chris Froome held on to his overall lead in the Tour de Romandie as Lithuania’s Ramunas Navardauskas won Thursday’s second stage.
Garmin-Sharp rider Navardauskas won a sprint finish to the 190km stage from Prilly to Granges, Switzerland, crossing the line ahead of Italy’s Enrico Gasparotto of Astana and Belgian Omega Pharma-Quick-Step rider Gianni Meersman, winner of the first stage, in a time of 4 hours, 51 minutes, 49 seconds.
Froome holds on to the overall lead, having won Tuesday’s prologue.
Froome is hoping to win the five-stage race, which concludes tomorrow, as he steps up his preparations for this summer’s Tour de France.
The two previous winners of the race, Australia’s Cadel Evans and Froome’s Sky teammate Bradley Wiggins went on to win the Tour de France.
World cycling’s governing body, the UCI, has contributed nothing to the fight against doping in the sport, the head of the US Anti-Doping Agency told the French Senate on Thursday.
Travis Tygart, giving evidence under oath to a Senate commission on doping, said the UCI “did everything to put obstacles in our way” over the Lance Armstrong affair.
“They refused to send us the results of tests and they are still refusing to supply us with those of three of Armstrong’s teammates,” Tygart said.
When asked if he had anything he wished to say to Pat McQuaid, the UCI chief who is due to be heard by the same commission, Tygart said wryly: “We think that the leaders of the sport have singularly failed in the fight against doping.”
“In the last six months [since the Armstrong scandal broke], they have done absolutely nothing. If you can find a way to prevent the UCI carrying out controls at the Tour de France, then please go ahead,” he said.
Under the world anti-doping charter, controls in major sporting events are carried out by that sport’s governing body.
He also raised the question of the UCI’s alleged involvement in covering up positive tests Armstrong gave in 2001 at the Tour of Switzerland, another in the Criterium du Dauphine in 2002, as well as a number of tests in the 1999 Tour de France, which they justified by saying the substances were authorized for therapeutic purposes.
“They knew that Armstrong was working with Dr [Michele] Ferrari, who supplied [the blood doping product] EPO to sportsmen in Italy,” he said. “They could have looked more closely at their relationship. They accepted payments in cash from Armstrong, but didn’t provide receipts for any of them.”
In October last year, Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, as well as all other results since August 1998, and was banned for life after the US Anti-Doping Agency determined he was the key figure in a sophisticated doping program on his US Postal Service team.
Armstrong finally made a belated admission of doping, after many denials, in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey in January, in which he said he used a combination of blood-doping transfusions, blood-boosting EPO and testosterone throughout his career.
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Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given