The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
Third place finisher in this year?s Vuelta a Espana, Carlos Sastre, has agreed to stay with Bjarne Riis? Team CSC. The signature of Sastre proves to be another important coup for Riis following the recent confirmation that title sponsor, CSC, had extended their sponsorship deal.
"Carlos and I have had a good dialogue about the new contract, and I truly feel he belongs with us. Carlos is a world class rider and tremendously important to our team. I'm very happy that we've now succeeded in sealing this deal. There's no doubt, Carlos is an attractive rider to a number of teams, and it means a lot to me that he decided to stay with us in the end. Here he has the opportunity to make some results of his own as well as playing a major part in the mountains during the Tour.
"The new contract is for one year, but I'm not saying we won't extend even further, when we've made the final decisions regarding the team for next season," Riis added.
Congratulations this week to Danilo Di Luca from the Liquigas - Bianchi team who at the weekend confirmed his victory in the inaugural ProTour series with 4th place in Championship of Z?rich behind winner, Paolo Bettini. Di Luca has been a stand-out performer throughout the season and deserves the accolades from us all.
Finally, this week, from a personal point of view, I would like to send my condolences to the family of former British pro John Ibbotson. I had the pleasure of growing up with Ibbo, racing together through the Junior ranks. At just 27, he collapsed at home last week where paramedics were unable to save him. Events like this should make us all stop to think, to not take anything we have for granted. As fans and participants of our wonderful sport, we have much to be thankful for so get out there and ride, ride until you can ride no more.
Until next week,