The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
Menchov and Rasmussen. I give myself another three years to go for the general classification."
The time trial specialist went on to explain that, "I want to have a real go at the Tour in 2008. I will only rest when I have a Grand Tour on my palmar?s, when I'll have put my mark on the cycling of the next ten years."
There is still some doubt whether this challenge will be made in the colours of his current employers. "I had a contract until the end of this year. I renewed it for one season. Rabobank would have liked to keep me until 2008, but I didn?t want that. I need to stay true to myself. When I'm 24, I have to slowly be able to lead a team."
Don?t forget that this week also sees the fourth Tour de Georgia, this year being sponsored by the Ford Motor Corporation. Returning to defend his title is Discovery Channel rider, Tom Danielson, who wrestled the leader?s jersey from Floyd Landis in last year?s event. So far this year, Landis has shown excellent form and it could again be a two-way tussle between these two ever improving riders.
Others to watch out for are Team CSC?s Time Trial specialist, Dave Zabriskie and the Davitamon-Lotto quick-men, Fred Rodriguez and Henk Vogels. Other ProTour teams in action include Quickstep-Innergetic and Saunier Duval-Prodir.
As always, the domestic riders will all be out to prove their worth against their more illustrious European counterparts and strong performances should be expected from Health Net-Maxxis, Navigators Insurance, Jittery Joe's-Zero Gravity, Toyota-United Pro and TIAA-CREF.
On paper it looks to be one of the strongest fields ever assembled in
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Until the same time next week,