The Week That Was...

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05/10/2004| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin

The Week That Was...

Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.

and it?s thought that after the withdrawal of US Postal, the two Belgian sponsors may form to bring together a host of stars under one joint banner. It has also been rumored that Demeulenaere has also looked at the prospect of his Chocolade Jacques team linking up with former team sponsor, Lotto.


Whilst the year?s first major tour takes place, a handful of stars are still putting together the final pieces to their Tour de France preparation.  Spaniard Joseba Beloki (Brioches La Boulang?re) said in an interview with the Marca newspaper that he is ?basically doing the same program as last year.?   He continued that, ?I hope all of my misfortunes are behind me.  A crash was the worst thing that could happen to me and already this year I?ve had three.?   When quizzed of his chances in this year?s race, Beloki said, ?I?m not on a list of favorites right now. I have to earn that.  The other thing I need is some luck.?


German Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile) is next expected to compete in the up coming Tour of Germany.  Following his lackluster spring, the vultures are once again circling above the ?97 Tour winner although it seems that some within the sport still have a little confidence in him. US Postal director sportif, Johan Bruyneel, also speaking in Marca, said that, ?what we see now doesn?t mean much. We don?t doubt that he?ll [Ullrich] be good at the Tour. Everyone is going to arrive in peak form for the Tour, though Beloki is a bit more of an unknown since his crash last year.  Lance?s form is good though not super, and the team too, so we don?t have any reason to be worried.?


Till next week...


Ian Melvin


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