In brief - 2006-07-19

  • 2006-07-19
A 200-kilometer bicycle path along the Lithuanian seaside will be opened this week. The new path, which will run from Butinge to Nida and along the coastline from Klaipeda to Rusne, will be officially opened on July 20. It is reportedly the first official bicycle lane in the country to be marked by signs. The path is divided into three parts: the first, which is some 50 kilometers long, runs from Klaipeda to Nida, the second, approximately the same length, stretches from Klaipeda to Butinge, and the third from Klaipeda to Rusne along the Curonian Lagoon and the Nemunas delta.

Estonia's youngest motocross champion, Tanel Leok, took fourth place in the FIM World Motocross Championship after the MX1 2nd MOTO event. The Italian GP's seventh round took place in the splendid hills of Tuscany, where more than 2,5000 spectators lined the course to watch as Belgian Stefan Everts, who has won every GP disputed and is working toward his 10th world title, stole nearly every race. Everts currently leads the championship with 492 points, followed by Kevin Strijbosi with 356, Steve Ramon with 334 and Leok with 330 points.

In response to doping allegations, Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich said he was 'innocent until proven guilty.' The T-Mobile team suspended the German last month after being named in a Spanish doping scandal. "As in any country subject to the rule of law, the 'until proven guilty' standard applies not only to me but to every other person," Ullrich said. Ullrich, who won the Tour de France in 1997, was suspended on the eve of this year's race. T-Mobile team-mate Oscar Sevilla and sporting director Rudy Pevenage were also suspended.