The Week That Was...

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11/29/2004| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin

The Week That Was...

Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.

but feel far from sure that it would be the wise thing to do. The decision has been mine alone. I would've preferred to end my career with a big victory for Team CSC, because the team has shown me lots of confidence from day one and given me great opportunities to evolve. But the risk of yet another season marred by injuries and lack of results, has led me to make this decision now. Should I return to cycling, I'd like to work with Bjarne. It has been a great inspiration being part of his team and we have always had very good understanding.  I've spent most of my life in the cycling sport, and it's given me some fantastic moments. Right now, I feel very sad to be saying goodbye, but in a while, I'll be able to look back on a career, which has given me a great deal. I've won a number of the important races within the sport, and those victories will always be special to me. I would like to thank everyone, I have had the privilege to get to know, and also my faithful fans, whom I'll definitely miss."

 

Bartoli?s Director at the Danish team, Bjarne Riis, added that the 34-year-old has "nothing to prove to anyone. In many ways he's been the ultimate classics rider of his generation, and one of the very few, who's won almost all types of races...He has given cycling a lot and I hope he will return some day. I'd be happy to work with him again."

 

At the Spanish Cycling Journalism Awards in
Madrid
last week, the rider considered by many to be the greatest of all time, Eddy Merckx, offered his opinion on just who tops the list of the all time greats.  Merckx said that he felt that
US
rider Lance Armstrong was indeed a ?better rider? than he was.  ?The Tour is the most important race and Lance is the one who won it most. I don't have a problem with the fact that he's topped me."  He added however that, "cycling has different eras, be it Indurain's, Hinault's, Armstrong's or mine. Every one of us has competed at a different time. What counts is to be the best of your generation. Beyond that, comparisons are never any good."  Merckx continued to say that he felt that the next great could emerge from the talented group of Vladimir Karpets, Damiano Cunego, Alejandro Valverde and Thomas Voeckler.

 

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Keep the emails coming in to ian@roadcycling.com.

 

Till next week,

Ian

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