The Week That Was...

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12/20/2005| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin

The Week That Was...

Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.

Previous podium finisher in the Tour de France, Andreas Kloden, is currently busy training in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
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with T-Mobile teammate, Jan Ullrich.   Having surprised many in July 2004, this year has proven to be somewhat of a none-starter after crashing and breaking his scaphoid. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>

Kloden has earmarked the Volta a
la Communitas Valencia in
from 21 st-25th February as his come back.  

"My hand has recovered well and is giving me hardly any problems," he told German news agency dap. "Sometimes I get a bit of mild pain in the forearm, but it's all tolerable.   In my daily training, everything is going according to plan.   I'm already somewhat better than at the same time in previous years."

Jan Ullrich, Andreas Kloden and Michael Rogers?.It would not be the first time that T-Mobile have gone into the Tour looking rather top heavy.

After months of speculation, ?Le Dandi?, David Millar, has finally signed a pro contract with the Spanish Saunier Duval-Prodir team.   The contract runs from the end of June next year until the end of 2007.   It is expected that Millar could debut for his new team in the Tour de France.

"David Millar is an outstanding athlete and Saunier Duval-Prodir is convinced he deserves a second chance to prove his talent," said the team in a statement. "He has recognised his mistake and is very motivated to make his comeback an amazing one. David is looking forward to being able to work officially with the team when his ban ends and with the British Cycling Federation as well, in order to promote the sport and help up-and-coming riders.

"The team will take precautionary measures to confirm his good faith, as will UKSPORT, the UCI and WADA. The team will do everything possible to offer him the best conditions to come back to competition and looks forward to seeing David racing for the yellow colours of Saunier Duval - Prodir."

New Liberty Seguros-Wurth leader, Alexander Vinokourov, has said that this year, his primary focus will be the Tour de France.   As a result he will by-pass Paris-Nice and the Classics, events which he has previously dominated.

Speaking on the team website, Vinokourov said, "I will make my debut in the Vuelta a
and then I will ride Milan-San Remo and the Setmana Catalana. This year, I will neither be in Paris-Nice nor the classics, which have always motivated me, but that also means an added stress. On the other hand, I will probably do the Tour of Georgia and, then the Dauphin? Lib?r?."

"The team has a lot of experience in this race; it works very well for its leader and gives the maximum for him.   Besides, there are no other aims here, you don't work for a sprinter, nor do you think about the green maillot either."

Gianluigi Stanga, Director of the new German-Italian team, Team Milram, last week told that at that this stage is was not clear whether Italian fastman, Alessandro Petacchi, would be lining


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