The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
British rider Bradley Wiggins has signed a two-year contract with the Cofidis team. This will be the third French team for Wiggins having already ridden two seasons for both Francaise des Jeux and, more recently, Cr?dit Agricole. Wiggins? greatest success came at the Athens Olympics where he won the gold medal in the individual pursuit final against his long time track nemesis, Bradley McGee.
Speaking to Britishcycling.org.uk during the recent World Championships in
"Now, I want to try and concentrate on the things I am good at and try and win Tour prologues and things like that. This team is willing to help me do that and that's it. It's a step up taking on the roll of targeting specific races through out the year. I learned a lot from this World Championships and know I can target races at this level."
"Certainly 2007 (Tour de France Prologue), in
Speaking exclusively to German website Radsport Aktiv, Jan Ullrich provided further proof of his new and improved attitude towards the 2006 season. Ullrich said that 2005 was, ?long and hard. Moreover, I've been actively involved in the planning of next season. And it's very important that I stop sooner in order to start the preparations sooner, too!"
He added that he had begun work with the Medical Parks Clinic in
Welcomed back into the fold at T-Mobile is Ullrich?s personal coach, Rudy Pevenage. "It's very important for me that Rudy is part of the team again. He's one of the best team directors in the world. I'm very happy that we can take advantage of his experience and that there is a clear direction."
Leaving the T-Mobile fold is current Director Sportif, Walter Goodefroot. At 62 years of age, many expected the Belgian to relax in his retirement but some are suggesting that he could in fact take over the role of Belgian national coach. The current coach, Jos? de Cauwer, is moving on and with a new World Champion in Tom Boonen to call on, the job could prove too much of a temptation for Goodefroot. "Never say never," Goodefroot told Belgian media. "You know that I've been national coach before? In 1982, during three months, for Women and Juniors," Goodefroot, added, "But the person that will become national coach shouldn't think that it's a end-of-career job. Am I able to cope with the stress, critics