The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling...Looks like it'll soon be Millar time again.
teams on the ProTour," says Director Sportif, Gianluigi Stanga.
"We are currently in talks with other cyclists who will join the cyclist ranked second in the world and six-time winner of the green jersey, Erik Zabel, and the ace sprinter Alessandro Petacchi to complete the team. We plan to unveil the completed team on
After 13 years with the German outfit, many are still surprised by the departure of Zabel from T-Mobile. Other major movements within the team include former pro, Olaf Ludwig, taking over at the helm, supported in turn by Jan Ullrich?s personal coach, Rudy Pevanage. With new riders, such as Aussie Michael Rogers, to support Ullrich next year, hopes are high.
With the team?s 2006 Tour ?squad? already announced by Pevanage, Ludwig went on to explain the new professional focus within T-Mobile. "The team will train together, race together and jointly test new equipment. On top of that, we will have to put ourselves and our workflows constantly to the test." Only in this way, "can we foster the right team spirit and avoid allowing errors to creep in."
Although we still have some wonderful races yet to go before the end of this season, 2006 is already shaping up to be an interesting proposition with the annual move around throwing up a few surprises already. New teams, new faces, no LA to dominate the Tour leaving us with the most open race yet for seven years and the guarantee that, thanks to the Curse of the Rainbow jersey (and possibly an upcoming surgery), Tom Boonen will not dominate any of the Northern Classics. Bring on the new year!
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