The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
he expects to have withdrawn from this years Giro at about the half way stage, with one eye already then on preparing for the 2006 Tour de France.
"I'm not going to be there for stage 15 and the last criterium in
McEwen?s main rival in the sprints, Italian Alessandro Petacchi agreed, explaining that he "won't be winning nine stages this year"
He went on to add that, ? the last ten days are not tailored to a rider like me. I also want win stages at the Tour; and who knows? Maybe even at the Vuelta."
Seguros ? Wurth Director, Manolo Saiz, last week spoke to French velo101 about his rider, and former Tour de France hopeful, Joseba Beloki. The Spaniard has struggled to regain the form he once showed since his crash on the Col de la Rochette in 2003.
?When I look at Beloki's level right now and compare it with when he placed second at the Tour, I think that he is even better now! We'll see how he develops throughout the month of May, but he will work very intensively and bring down his weight to Tour de France level. We will see how he is at the end of May, but his season start has been encouraging."
Saiz ruled out however Beloki taking any leadership role come July. "At the moment, our leader clearly is Vino. Everybody will have to ride for him. But for me, Beloki and Luis-Leon Sanchez are very important for Vino in the mountainous parts of the parcours."
He went on to add that, ?we have 12 riders who are aiming for the Tour. I have the basis of the team, which will be put together around J?rg Jaksche, Alberto Contador, Joseba Beloki, Alexandre Vinokourov, Andrey Kashechkin and Luis-Leon Sanchez. Then, we will have to choose between riders like Angel Vicioso, Marcos Serrano and Allan Davis, but for the moment, 12 riders are on the list."
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