The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
Team Phonak last week confirmed the transfers of top riders Floyd Landis, Victor Hugo Pena (both US Postal), Santiago Botero (T-Mobile) and Robert Hunter (Rabobank) to their extended roster for 2005. Team Manager Urs Freuler said that, "we boosted our team with a purpose. With this team we should be in the position to compete successfully in races throughout the entire year." The team expects to have its full line-up completed by the end of the Vuelta. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
After weeks of speculation, Italian Davide Rebellin looks set to line-up for the World Championships in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
2003 Best Young rider at the Tour de France, Denis Menchov (Illes Balears-Banesto) has signed with Dutch team Rabobank, for the next two seasons. Menchov is expected to strengthen the team in stage races. The team have maintained their interest in Spaniard Alejandro Valverde but are still unsure if they are able to afford him.
Former mountain bike star, Cadel Evans, last week ended the speculation about which team he?ll be riding for next season. As expected, the T-Mobile rider has signed for the new Davitamon-Lotto squad where he?ll join fellow Aussies Robbie McEwen, Henk Vogels and Nick Gates. "I had a few options but after more than enough time to evaluate them all, I can report that I think I'll be most content with this Belgian-registered squad," said Evans on his website. Having been overlooked by T-Mobile for the Tour this year, Evans is keen to make up for lost time with his new squad and said that, "at the moment I'm the only GC rider, which gives me a bit of room to do what I want to do." Evans added that, "Let's just say that my focus is firmly fixed on a race in
Triple Olympic medalist, Bradley Wiggins and Roadcycling.com diarist, Julian Dean, have both announced extended deals with Roger Legeay?s Credit Agricole squad; the Brit for one year and the Kiwi for two.
Team CSC last week released an official statement in the midst of the departure of British Director Sportif, Sean Yates, leaving to join the new Discovery Channel team. In the statement Bjarne Riis said that, "Sean has been a skilled and very popular sports director on our team. We would have liked to keep him on board, but I fully respect him seeking new challenges at Lance Armstrong's team. We're known as a team of