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Court rules Bettini may ride despite not signing pledge

Updated: September 28, 2007, 9:24 AM ET
Associated Press

STUTTGART, Germany -- A local court cleared defending champion Paolo Bettini to compete in Sunday's world championship road race despite the Italian cyclist's refusal to sign an anti-doping pledge.

In a defeat for the host city, the court rejected arguments Friday that such a refusal was enough to keep him out of the event.

"We regret the decision but we accept it," Stuttgart Mayor Wolfgang Schuster said.

Stuttgart claimed it had a binding ...

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