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."
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