The Week That Was...

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06/2/2004| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin

The Week That Was...

Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.

Having previously broken the record earlier in the week on stage 15, the Fassa Bortolo rider said, ?Now I can claim to be really one of the strongest sprinters.  From the post war period to today, no one has ever managed to win 8 stages.  After 24 years, I beat this record of seven victories that belonged to some of the greats of the cycling world.  I hope to hold this supremacy as long as I can.?


With just a little over a month to go before the Tour de France, Jan Ullrich has taken a leaf out of Lance Armstrong?s books and has conducted his own Alpine training camp, paying special attention to Alpe d?Huez, the stage for one of this year?s individual time trials.  ?If I would have won last year and not finished second, I probably would have stopped racing,? said the T-Mobile rider.  ?This summer I once again have a big goal.  My hard training in the past few weeks has been done completely with the Tour de France in mind.  I?ve been working harder and harder, which I need to do to win the Tour and I can feel my form coming.?   Another Tour hopeful meanwhile, Team Phonak?s Tyler Hamilton, has been busy training in the
Pyrenees.  Assuming
stays up right in this year?s race, I certainly won?t be betting against a top three of Armstrong, Ullrich and Hamilton. In which order, I guess we?ll just have to wait and see ? so stay tuned to

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Till next week,

Ian Melvin


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