The Week That Was...

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03/8/2004| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin
An Olympic title is the biggest goal for David Millar this season.
An Olympic title is the biggest goal for David Millar this season.

The Week That Was...

Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.

So here we are again.   Another seven days have passed and what better way to kick of this weeks eight-hundred or so words of thoughts, quotes and cynicism by opening the annual pre-Tour de France debate of ?he said, she said?.....


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After his recent good early season performances, Lance Armstrong discussed with French daily l?Equipe his thoughts on Jan Ullrich?s T-Mobile team.    ?I think in that team there are too many Indians.   In the Tour it?s pointless to have nine guys capable of winning.   What you really need is one leader and eight guys who can give him the support.?   The US Postal leader continued, ?Do they have some big names? YES!   With big salaries? YES! But it?s on the road in July they?ll be judged.?   The German challenger meanwhile has stated that his first ambition this year is ?to win the Tour de France,? and that Armstrong is ?beatable? ? brave words but I think that this year is finally the time for Ullrich to put up or shut up.   After bursting onto the scene back in 1996 with his great supporting ride for then team mate Bjarne Riis, it?s time for the German to finally prove that he has what it takes to lift the crown from the head of King Lance.



Ullrich?s former Directeur Sportif and mentor, Rudy Pevenage, has found his way back behind the wheel of a team car.   Pevenage was invited to take to the road in the recent Vuelta a <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
for the Comunidad Valencia ? Kelme team.   Meanwhile Spanish rider, Joseba Beloki (Brioches la Boulangere) has delayed the start to his season again.   Following his horrendous crash in stage 9 of last years Tour de France, Beloki has been set back a further 6 weeks due to an ongoing muscular defect in his left leg.


Staying with the Tour de France, it has recently been announced that Czech car manufacturer, Skoda, now part of the Volkswagen Group, will be the official vehicle supplier for the 2004 race in a deal reportedly worth approximately US$3 million!   Finally, race organisers have announced that following his untimely death last month, the Alpe d?Huez hill climb time trial this year will be held in honour of Italian champion Marco Pantani.


Still recovering from his pre-season injury is Australian Brad McGee who had to withdraw from this years French stage race, Paris-Nice.    McGee still hopes to have recovered in time to be competitive for this years World Cup opener, Milano-San Remo.


Ex-French professional rider, 34-year-old Dominique Bozzi, has announced his decision to make an attempt on Chris Boardman?s World One Hour record of 49.441 km?s which was set in 2000 at the Manchester Velodrome.   Bozzi previously rode for Le Groupement, Force-Sud and Casino between 1995-97.   He has since spent his time competing in the elite echelons of the French Amateur scene.   His attempt is likely to be in the second half of the season at


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