The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
Speaking with tuttobiciweb, Fanini said, "If Mario wants to stop racing, I respect his decision. But he knows that he has to meet us. Our agreement states that in case he defaults on his contract, he will owe us ?600,000. And I don't intend to renounce this."
"If Mario wants to come back and finish his career with us next year, I will be happy to open the doors of the team for him and do everything to prepare a high level squad, built around him. On the other hand, I don't intend to renounce that money: a figure that Cipollini can surely pay."
Lance Armstrong could this year be without one of his key domestiques in the Tour de France due to a nasty training crash in Austin while training with the Discovery Channel team leader. Viatcheslav Ekimov hit a pothole, crashing hard. Initial reports suggest that he has a broken sternum and a broken vertebra.
The injury is expected to keep Eki out of competition for four or five months however Director Sportif, Johan Bruyneel, commented that it would not likely end the Russian?s career. "Slava is not thinking of stopping yet," Bruyneel told Sportwereld.be. "He is as hard as nails. He hopes to be competitive again by the end of the season."
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