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EuroTrash: Thursday Gassers

Tirreno-Adriatico: Hard, Zabel Numero Uno, FFC Pres. Takes Doping Stance, Millar Wants Paris-Nice TT and the Belgian Road Season Begins, all today in Euro Trash.

Tirreno-Adriatico: One Tough-a Meata-Ball!
The 2004 edition of the Italian stage race, Tirreno-Adriatico promises to be as demanding as ever. The seven day race run from March 10th – 16th includes an uphill finish on March 14. The event should provide a tune up for the Classics men aiming for Milano-San Remo four days later.

Zabel Numero Uno
Erik Zabel has reclaimed his position at the head of the UCI rankings. The Evergreen German Sprinter won a stage of the Ruta del Sol last week. Zabel has knocked 2003 World Cup Victor Paolo Bettini off the top spot after he failed to defend his title in the Tour of the Mйditerranйen.

FFC Pres. Takes Doping Stance
Jean Pitallier, President of the French Cycling Federation has issued an official communiquй condemning doping in light of the recent scandals to rock the French scene. The President made a heartfelt plea to cyclists saying “Even though the health of the French peloton has clearly improved since the introduction of longitudinal medical checkups, nevertheless there exists a fringe of thoughtless people who refuse to understand or admit the threat that is hanging of their health and the future of their sport. It is to these irresponsible people I address myself and implore: stop before it’s too late!”

Millar Wants Paris-Nice TT
After kicking off his 2004 campaign in the Trofeo Luis Puig on Sunday, Britains David Millar outlined his targets for the coming season. The reigning World TT champion has his sights set on the Tour de France and Olympic Games but in the short term has the first time trial of France’s Paris-Nice Stage race on the cards. Quoting his website, ‘itsmillartime.com’ David said that “I’m looking forward to getting started and hope to be on good form by the Paris Nice where I’ll try to win the first TT and hold the leaders jersey for as long as possible,”

Belgian Road Season Begins
This weekend sees the start of the Belgian Road season with two classic races; the 59th Omloop Het Volk and the 57th Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne. Johan Museeuw triumphed in Het-Volk in 2003 but looks unlikely to repeat the feat this year after being out of form of late.

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