The Week That Was...

News & Results

04/18/2006| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin
Lance Armstrong. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Lance Armstrong. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

The Week That Was...

Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.

Following his life threatening crash in the recent Circuit de la Sarthe, positive news has started to emerge from the hospital in
Angers, France, where Credit Agricole professional, Saul Raisin, is recovering.   He was still in a coma at the start of last week but awoke from it on Wednesday.

His close friend, Shane Adams reported that, "the speed of Saul's recovery continues to astound his doctors.   He is becoming more and more aware of his surroundings, waving at people entering and leaving the room. His uncle Phil is there [in
Europe] now and Saul waved as he left the room this morning."

He went on to add that the Doctors are now, ?hoping to move Saul into another wing of the hospital as he becomes more aware of what is going on, in order to give him a full neurological work up.   Like everything he does in his life, Saul is going full speed towards a rapid recovery."

The hospital originally feared that Raisin might suffer paralysis following his fall.   That is now considered unlikely although until the medical staff are able to run a full check on the rider, nothing is for certain.  

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German professional, Danilo Hondo, has signed a new contract with German Continental Team Lamonta following the recent over-ruling of his doping ban.   The sprinter has negotiated a contract that will allow him to leave the small team if he receives an offer from a ProTour team.    

"Of course that's unusual," said team manager, Holger Sievers, to Radsportnews. "But the situation is what it is. I think it's completely understandable that Danilo wants to go to the Tour de France; on the level where he belongs. We don't hold a grudge against him for that. For us, it's a huge publicity already."

He was originally expected to return to competition in last week?s Rund um K?ln race in
.  His debut for his new team was delayed however following administrative delays in his registration with the UCI.   He is now expected to return on 19 th April in the Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt event.

The long-running war of words between American Lance Armstrong and Italian Filippo Simeoni has finally drawn to a close.   The case began almost three years following Armstrong?s reaction to a testimony given by Simeoni in the Dr Ferrari trial.   The pair have dropped all defamation charges against one another.

International bright young thing, Thomas Dekker, of the Dutch Rabobank squad, last week explained to Sportwereld that he planned to have ?a real go? in the 2008 Tour de France.   The 21 year-old has won the Tirreno-Adriatico event earlier this season.

"I'm looking forward to my first Tour this summer," he said.  "I want to achieve a good prologue and do well in the two time trials, too. Then, I hope to be in the right breakaway one day, but my main task is to be there for our leaders,


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