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Spanish Shorts

Saved At Last.

The Government of Valencia has saved the Kelme team, so it will continue until 2005. The team will now be able to pay the money owed the riders, auxiliary & technical staff. Eduardo Zaplana, president of the Government, has guaranteed 1,080,000 euros, which should see them to the end of this season.

Spain Gets EPO Test.

The laboratory of the Higher Sports Council (CSD) of Spain is now approved to undertake tests for EPO. In colaboration with laboratories in Lusanne and Paris, they are now ready to start testing with the Vuelta and the athletics World Cup in September.

Gong For Miguel.

The Navarran cyclist Miguel Indurain, last week, recieved a new award as Spanish Citizen of the World, nominated by the Spanish Olympic Committee, he joins others like the singer Julio Iglesias.

More Cash for Vuelta.

The new plans for the Tour of Spain add 1,20 million euros to the cost of the race. Unipublic, the organisers, said the new inovations will mean more medical services & ambulaces, judges & commisaires, radio & communications personel, National Police & Guardia Civil not to mention the ten extra teams to pay for.

Death Of Shimano.

Shozo Shimano, the old boss of the multi-national components manufacturer, died on the 15th. of June of a heart attack in Osaka, Japan. Shozo was presedent of the company from 1958 to 1992, Yozo his son is the present president.

Telekom Gets Reinforcements.

The German team Telekom are signing new blood for next year. First the Belgian Mario Aerts who presently rides for Lotto, who won Flesh-Wallone, and also on Walter Godefroot’s shopping list is the German of Nurnberger team, Christian Werner.

New Boy For Cofidis.

New Zealander Hayden Roulston has signed a two year contract for the French team Cofidis. The 21 year old is a top track rider and has won various road races in France this year, he will still ride World Cup track races and the World Championships for his country.

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