The Worlds: A Fan Speaks
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Neither was Psathas overly impressed with the race field.
?No Lance, no Ullrich, no Tyler Hamilton ?the list goes on,? Psathas who described himself as a recreational rider in his town of
Psathas said the famous no-shows made for the empty stands.
?I blame Jean-Marie Leblanc (Tour de France Director),? Psathas went on. ?By not allowing the Lion King (Mario Cipollini) to race in the Tour he devalued this race.?
Psathas is obviously a Cipo fan ? he was wearing a black-and-white striped hat. (Cipollini, of course, won last year?s Worlds Elite Men?s race in
David Millar of
Millar stated that he would have liked to have had Ullrich and Armstrong in the time trial.
It?s interesting to speculate what this Worlds in
The course seemed well designed for both Armstrong and Ullrich ? two great all-rounders. And if Tyler Hamilton had been thrown into the mix ? another American whose Tour performance was both amazing and courageous ? all the better. (Imagine a headline:
Paul Psathas would have had something to cheer about. But on Sunday, he couldn?t hide his disappointment. ?I love cycling,? he said. ?I wouldn?t miss this no matter who is in this race. But it could have been better.?