The Week That Was...

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01/4/2006| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin
Jan Ullrich. Photo copyright Ben Ross/Roadcycling.com/www.benrossphotography.com.
Jan Ullrich. Photo copyright Ben Ross/Roadcycling.com/www.benrossphotography.com.

The Week That Was...

Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.

before that. You should try that one time on your home trainer. We've never seen that here. Museeuw was a fantastic athlete, but on a pure physical level, Tom is a bigger talent."



His maximal power output is 1600 Watts at 110 rpm.

Hespel also believes that Boonen has the potential to one day swap the Green jersey he won in the Tour de France last year for the leader?s yellow jersey.   "If he concentrated on climbing in place of explosiveness, like Lance Armstrong, then there's a chance that he could win the Tour de France in three or four years. With his body, that is possible, but you never know for sure. The only thing we have to ask is whether that's the right choice."  

Finally this week, Joseba Beloki, the former podium finisher in the Tour de France, has spoken with Spanish daily, Marca, about his ambition to regain his status in the peloton once again.   It has been a difficult path for the rider ever since his dramatic and near career-ending fall on the slopes of the Col de
la Rochette in the 2003 Tour de France.

"I have to be back up front.   I want to try to be at the best possible level; it's a personal challenge,? explained Beloki.   "Of course Vinokourov will be our leader at the Tour.  If my level next year is the same as it was in the first half of 2005, I'll have to keep my hopes down, but if I'm on the same level as I was in the Vuelta, I can set myself some goals," commented Beloki, whose confidence has been boosted since September.

"I've come a long way from not being able to finish a race in 2004, barely doing so in the first part of 2005 and feeling well again in the Vuelta.   The turning point was the Tour; to finish in
Paris
under great pain. The problem is that I still haven't achieved any results, so it's clear that I have to get a whole lot better to be once again who I was before."

"I always dream about the same thing: to see myself up front at the Tour again," he admitted. "I don't dream about the podium, because it's very difficult and only very few people stand a chance to get there, but just being up front would be an enormous satisfaction. I would also like to win a stage, but that is also very hard - which is why I would be satisfied with just being consistent again."

Beloki will start his 2006 season at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco.

Until next week,

Ian
ian@roadcycling.com

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