The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
the entire season with this team. This year has been a turning point for us, and we have shown, we belong among the absolute best in the world. We have every reason to be proud of what we have achieved so far. We came very close to finishing the season as number one in the world rankings, and this is thanks to our ability to put together a team, which is able to work together and perform at a high level for the whole season in all kinds of races...We possess the potential to win both the classics and the greatest race in the world - the Tour de France in the coming seasons." Riis also said that he was still negotiating with another co-sponsor and said that he hoped that the team would be able to increase its budget and further improve the team.
Team CSC will line-up next year without German rider, Jorg Jaksche. The former ONCE rider has left the team to join former Director Sportif, Manolo Saiz, at Liberty Seguros. Riis explained that, ?In order to gain some space in our budget we have chosen to let J?rg sign for
The full CSC line-up is: Ivan Basso (Ita), Carlos Sastre (Spa), Jens Voigt (Ger), Bobby Julich (USA), Michele Bartoli (Ita), Jakob Piil (Den), Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor), Frank Schleck (Lux), Andrea Peron (Ita), Fabrizio Guidi (Ita), Nicki S?rensen (Den), Lars Michaelsen (Den), Tristan Hoffman (Ned), Peter Luttenberger (Aut), Michael Blaudzun (Den), Manuel Calvente (Spa), Thomas Bruun Eriksen (Den), Vladimir Gussev (Rus), Brian Vandborg (Den), Christian Vandevelde (USA - Liberty Seguros), David Zabriskie (USA - US Postal), Lars Bak (Den - BankGiroLoterij), Giovanni Lombardi (Ita - Domina Vacanze), Matti Breschel (Den - neo-pro), Andy Schleck (Lux ? neo pro).
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Till next week,