FRANKFURT, Germany -- A German cycling union official has
stepped down in protest over what he called the body's inadequate
Vice president Dieter Kuehnle's resignation was triggered by the
federation's decision Wednesday to include Erik Zabel, who has
admitted to doping, on the German team for next month's road world
championships. In May, Zabel said he had taken the blood booster
EPO during the first week of the 1996 Tour de France.
Kuehnle also sharply criticized federation president Rudolf
"I cannot honestly back the general direction taken by
Scharping," Kuehnle said. "The leadership of the federation has
failed to recognize the seriousness of the situation and to set a
strong signal for a new beginning."