The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
US Postal rider and winner of eleven races already this year, Max van Heeswijk, has called an end to his 2004 season citing personal problems and a lack of motivation as the reason behind the move. His last success was in the first week of the Vuelta where he wore the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 /?>
Team Director, Dirk Demol, said that, ?It?s a good decision that he will skip the World?s. Under these circumstances, there?s no point in him going. It?s disappointing for Max; he?s such a nice guy.?
Former Australian Pro, Allan Peiper, will be joining the new Davitamon-Lotto squad for next season as a Director. Peiper will increase the Australian contingent from four to five with the team having already secured the services of Aussie riders Robbie McEwen, Henk Vogels, Cadel Evans and Nick Gates.
Since retiring from the peloton in the mid 90?s, Peiper has had spells working for British TV and could often be found selling hamburgers at the top Belgian classics throughout the year - a delicacy which has now attained legendary status amongst those riders spending the season racing in his adopted homeland of Belgium.
Top Italian teams Lampre and Saeco have announced their amalgamation for 2005. The agreement was finalized and announced at the World Championships in
Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme?s leading rider, Alejandro Valverde, was last week confirmed to have been priced out of a possible move to the Rabobank team, according to De Telegraaf. Rabobank will instead rely upon Denis Menchov to lead them in the major tours. Just days later, todociclismo.com announced that Valverde was expected to sign for Saunier Duval. The team was in negotiations with Murcia Turistica to join the team as a co-sponsor whilst leaders from the organization were in discussions with their counterparts at Comunidad Valenciana over the two million Euro cancellation fee in the Spaniards current contract.
Speaking shortly before yesterday?s World Championship road race in