The Week That Was...

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10/26/2004| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin

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
US
this season before the pending deal collapsed.  Cyclismag.com reported Jenner as saying that his retirement was down to having, ?lost motivation, because everything is not rosy in cycling.?   He will now take up the reigns as the Director Sportif for the New Zealand U25 team in
Europe.

 

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
Dauphine
Tour, we had final rankings of second and third as well as a stage win.  The Vuelta was a long running success for us with five first-place finishes. Three of those and the second place overall position was claimed by Santi Perez.?   The team?s goal for next season is to establish itself firmly in the world top five ranking teams with the primary focus again being the Tour de France.

British Olympic gold medalist, Bradley Wiggins, last week said that he had no intention of resting on his laurels following his medal haul in
Athens
. Wiggins said in an interview with BBC Sport that, ?cycling is a funny sport and there is so much I can do, but it?s got to come from me and the drive has got to be there.  I don?t know if I?ve got what it takes to be on the continent every day of the year.  I still haven?t thought about that.?   The Credit Agricole rider went on to add that, ?all I know is that in four years I want to defend my Olympic title.  The thing that has always driven me on was winning Olympic gold.  I thought it would disappear after I had done it once, but the desire is still there to win another one hopefully.  My long-term plan is to win three on the trot. That would be finishing at 32 in 2012 as three times Olympic champion. That?s my ultimate goal.?

2004 Italian sensation, Damiano Cunego, has finished the season as the UCI?s top ranked rider.  Cunego

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