The Week That Was...

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04/10/2006| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin
Oscar Freire. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Oscar Freire. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

The Week That Was...

Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.

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Stage 17 - Wednesday, May 24: Termeno/Tramin - Plan De Corones/Kronplatz, 133 km
Stage 18 - Thursday, May 25: Sillian - Gemona Del Friuli, 210 km
Stage 19 - Friday, May 26: Pordenone - Passo Di San Pellegrino (Dolomiti Stars), 224 km
Stage 20 - Saturday, May 27: Trento - Aprica, 211 km
Stage 21 - Sunday, May 28: Museo Del Ghisallo ? Milano, 140 km

Former World Champion, Igor Astarloa is reported to be lining up at this year?s
Ardennes based spring classics, leading his Barloworld team.   The Spaniard is due to start in the Amstel Gold race, Fl?che Wallonne and Li?ge-Bastogne-Li?ge.   Since claiming the rainbow bands in 2003, Astarloa has failed to live up to the promise shown and is hoping for a turn around in his fortunes during the month of April, this year.

Finally this week for our now seemingly regular ?Jan update??

Let?s re-cap:   firstly, there is no problem, then we hear that Jan does in fact have a problem with his knee but we should not be overly concerned and then last week Jan?s pulling out of his first race of the year, the Circuit de
la Sarthe.

Now, writing exclusively on his website, Jan tells us that ?the infection in my right knee isn't so bad," He went on to add that "I worked good over the winter, so that it's just my season start that's being delayed. The ground conditioning is there."

"Since yesterday (Tuesday, April 4) I am riding on the road again.   I just don't pedal putting on too much pressure. In the afternoons I work with my physical therapist Birgit Krohme to speed up the healing process. Next week I will slowly increase the power and do some tests. Then I will know when I can ride my first race. I am optimistic that I will participate in the Tour de Romandie the end of the month."

After all of these years, why are any of us surprised any more?   I would dearly love to see Ullrich back to his best; The rider that won the Amateur World Championship as a 19 year old and pushed Bjarne Riis so close in the 1996 Tour, ultimately winning the event in 1997.   Since then we?ve borne witness to weight problems, recreational drug abuse, car crashes, late surges in the Tour and brief glimpses of the Ullrich of old.   Surely he must realise that time is running out for him and that 2006 may in fact be his last real chance at winning the greatest prize in cycling. Discuss in our forums.

Until next week,

Ian
ian@roadcycling.com

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