The Week That Was...

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03/15/2006| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin
Floyd Landis (Phonak - iShares) - 2006 Tour de France winner? Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Floyd Landis (Phonak - iShares) - 2006 Tour de France winner? Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

The Week That Was...

Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.

season.   He explained that Manolo Saiz, his new Director Sportif, ?wanted me to change my programme, to be less present in front.?   He added that, "he's certainly right: even if I had gone [to Paris-Nice] only for training, I would have wanted to be up front. I feel much more free this year, as if I had no pressure at all. The Spanish journalists are not really interested in me, so I tell myself it's not too bad if people forget about me before the Tour..."

?Manolo is incredible.   He takes care of everything in this team: the rider's programme, the choice of handlebar tape and organizing each rider's traveling. He doesn't delegate anything."

Vinokourov went on to explain that he and his fellow Kazakh riders, which he took to the team with him, he integrated well with the other riders.   "I think the Kazakh clan has been accepted; it is now part of the team. It's normal, we were the new ones. We responded to them in our own way: with vodka and caviar which we brought from
Kazakhstan
. They loved it!"

One of the Liberty Seguros ? W?rth Kazakhs Andrey Kashechkin last week won a stage at Paris-Nice. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Finally this week, if you?ve ever dreamt of riding through the Italian hills with one of the leading riders in the world, you have your chance this summer.   Australian, Oenone Wood, the number one ranked rider in women?s professional cycling, will be the guest of honor during a 10 day fall cycling tour to Tuscany, Italy with the
New York
based cycling tour operator V?lo Classic Tours .  Ms. Wood is the two time defending World Cup champion and is based in
Germany
during her European racing schedule. She accepted the invitation from Peter Easton, Director of V?lo Classic Tours.

Until next week

Ian

ian@roadcycling.com

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