The Week That Was...
Ian is back and comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
stated that he felt this was a positive move taken by the French professional team. "I believe that Cofidis has demonstrated its seriousness towards the circumstances so that the matter can be resolved. Mr. Gaumont is a cheater; he said it himself, just like Mr. Manzano. They cheated for several years and now seem interested in accusing other people. That's no reason for me to automatically lose confidence in those being accused." Team leader and present World Time Trial Champion Dave Millar echoed these sentiments. "Despite being incredibly disappointed, I have a great deal of respect for my sponsor and I am 100 percent behind the necessity of this decision. In the meantime, my objectives and motivation for this year remain the same." Never one to mince his words, Millar described Gaumont as a ?nutter? in the British newspaper, the Guardian. ?He's very gifted at manipulating people. At the moment he seems to be manipulating the judge, the police and the press. He's behaving like an absolute lunatic. It's guerrilla warfare against the team."
With just one final race to go before the curtain falls on his illustrious career, Belgian rider Johan Museeuw (Quick.Step-Davitamon) outlined his plans for his life after racing in the Belgian RVG newspapers. ?I dream one-day of becoming a national coach. Don?t get me wrong, Jose De Cauwer is very valuable but I am prepared to take my turn. I would do it with the same motivation I had as a rider.? Museeuw has already been offered a job as Director with his present employers, Quick.Step-Davitamon. What a shame it is that Museeuw couldn?t bring the curtain down with victory in Sundays Paris-Roubaix, Queen of the Classics, and a race that epitomizes all that the Belgian symbolises. The race was won by Magnus Backstedt, (Alessio-Bianchi), in front of Tristan Hoffman, (Team CSC) and Roger Hammond, (MrBookmaker-Palmans). Museeuw brought home the chasers in 5th place, 17 seconds behind the winner. Winner of Wednesday?s Gent-Wevelgem race, fellow favorite and Quick.Step-Davitamon rider, Tom Boonen, finished a further four places back.
Hopefully you?re all enjoying the Spring Classics as much as I am. With all this racing going on, it?s a wonder any of us have the time to go ride ourselves! On the off chance you manage to squeeze in a few km?s, take it easy and keep it rubber side down.
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