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Team Raleigh's Alexandre Blain stripped of Granfondo Milan Sanremo win - because he's a pro Frenchman was first over line in event following course of cycling's longest Classic - but it's only open to amateurs by Simon_MacMichael

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June 17, 2013

Team Raleigh's Alexandre Blain has been

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t eam has said t hat t he event was not part of his programme, and t hat t he rider, who was underst ood t o be recovering from injury in his nat ive France, t ook part in it wit hout his knowledge.

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Organisers announced on Facebook that following checks carried out in partnership with judges from Italy’s national governing body, the FCI, it

sprints standings, which he led at one point, losing the jersey after missing the round in Aberystwyth on 31 May due to a broken finger. The former Cofidis and Endura Racing rider was a winner of a round of the Tour Series in Southport in 2010, and his other victories include the

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UC Sanremo, which organises the Granfondo Milan Sanremo Ciclituristico, noted that this year he won a stage of the Tour de Normandie, where he also took the points competition. The win has been awarded to Gianmario Rovaletti of Team Chiappucci, although as one poster to the event’s Facebook page pointed out, it’s a shame he was denied enjoying victory on a course that every young

From 2013 Milan San Remo and Giro di Lombardia will be raced on Sunday after more than a century of Saturdays Team Raleigh's Alexandre Blain stripped of Granfondo Milan Sanremo win because he's a pro

Italian cyclist grows up dreaming of winning on. There’s a curious footnote, though. On the weekend in question, there’s no mention of the Granfondo on Blain’s Twitter feed. Instead there’s a response to Budget Forklifts pro cyclist Jack Anderson, who on Sunday 10th June – the day after the Granfondo – asks him: “

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@Big_D_on_twit why so little training G was it a recovery day ?” ​ Blain replies: “
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 was a bit lazy yesterday. Shame!” – followed by a winking emoticon. We contacted Team Raleigh manager Cherie Pridham to comment on the news, and she supplied the following statement: Team Raleigh wish to dissociate from Alexandre Blain's actions. The management had no prior knowledge that Alex Blain had intended or even taken part in this event. It was not part of his team programme. As far as Team Raleigh are concerned we withdrew him from the Tour Series round in Colchester, after he had broken a bone in his hand in the previous round. After receiving medical treatment he was flown back to his home in France until he was fit to return to and resume his race programme again.

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If its the same Rovaletti, does he not hold a pro license anymore? He used to race pro around 2004ish with Ceramica Login or register to post comments

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post ed by Gkam84 [7802 posts] 17th June 2013 - 22:17

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Good spot, I imagine it's the same... though his last listed pro year is 2006 here. He'd be 34 now:

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Starring in my own black comedy Yeah that sounds about right. So in theory, if Lance wasn't banned from almost everything, now he doesn't hold a pro license, could he race these kind of things as an amateur?

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post ed by Gkam84 [7802 posts] 17th June 2013 - 23:52

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Nope, checked the rules, you need to be an FCI member or if from abroad a member of a national fed recognised by UCI (or failing that, take a day membership of FCI). Sorry Lance

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