The Week That Was...
According to an interview last week, German Jan Ullrich and his T-Mobile team are considering sending the former Tour de France champion to the Giro d?Italia in order to prepare for next year?s race around
Ullrich?s former teammate, Erik Zabel, is currently finalising his contract with the new Milram Team. Gerry van Gerwen, the Dutch manager of the team said that Zabel would ?meet Gianluigi Stanga in
Team Milram will be officially launched on 10th January next year.
As one team continues to take shape, the cycling world was shocked during the week when up to fifty members of staff including riders, management and other back-room staff were left looking for a new employer. After assembling a first class roster of riders, Giancarlo Ferretti?s proposed Sony-Ericsson was halted before it even got off the ground as the multimedia giant announced that it was not sponsoring the team.
Het Laatste Nieuws broke the news in
Making the announcement on their website, Sony-Ericsson released a short statement. "There have been a number of press reports across
Some of the riders now left searching for a new contract include Gilberto Simoni, Stuart O'Grady, Matt White and Salvatore Commesso.
Following the ongoing doping allegations published in French daily, L?Equipe, the newspaper last week published an exclusive interview with Belgian great, Eddy Merckx.
"For more than 30 years, doping has been the black sheep of cycling for the whole of the media. Since Simpson died on the
"But the phenomenon of doping is of economical nature. Many affairs are oriented, the media get their public, the laboratories and the pharmaceutical industry are making profits with it and publicity. Doping pays, and that's an important factor. Those who invest in doping control machines want their cash to be returned, their business to be profitable."
Merckx went on to add that as WADA policies currently stand, he was not entirely behind them. "Doping should be redefined to know where it starts, and where it ends. In
Perhaps if more riders, current and former, had the resolve and strength to stand up and demand a review of current policies and practices, we might one day find a sport free of drugs.
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