The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
Credit Agricole pro, Chris Jenner, has officially announced his retirement from the sport. The Kiwi was a member of Roger Legeay?s French team until the end of 2003 and was expected to have raced in the
BankGiroLoterij, the Dutch division 1 team, has turned its final pedal rev. Team manager, Arend Scheppink, announced that despite being advised well in advance that the sponsor would not be renewing after 5 years backing the team, he was unable to attract a replacement. So far only one of the team?s 16 riders has found a contract for next season; Matthe Pronk has signed for the Belgian MrBookmaker.com team.
Despite all the negative publicity generated by the doping allegations surrounding Oscar Camenzind and Tyler Hamilton, Phonak?s Director Sportif, Urs Freuler, has declared the 2004 season a success. In a statement on the team?s website, Freuler said, ?With its 8th place spot in the World rankings following the Giro di Lombardia, the team achieved its sought-after goal of a top ten ranking.? He continued to say that, ?the overall success at the Tour de Romandie and the Olympic time trial victory both brought by Tyler Hamilton are big deals. At the
British Olympic gold medalist, Bradley Wiggins, last week said that he had no intention of resting on his laurels following his medal haul in
2004 Italian sensation, Damiano Cunego, has finished the season as the UCI?s top ranked rider. Cunego