The Week That Was...
After early season rumours suggesting that Jos? Rujano of the Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni team would miss out on a start in this years Giro d?Italia following his none-appearance in Europe, Gianni Savio's squad appear to have lamented and will now allow the exciting climbing sensation to compete for them. The Venezuelan will then transfer across to the Belgian Quick.Step team on June 1st, after the race finish, as previously agreed between all parties.
Jojo, as he is fondly known, recently spoke to
?Now everything is set; I'll stay with Selle Italia for the Giro and until 31 May, then I'll pass to Quick.Step for the rest of the season. Cycling is my life, my work, my way to earn...in
For this season, his goals do not end at the Giro, as he explained. "I want to be at least in the first three at the Giro, and in the first five at the Tour de France." With the obvious talent that this young rider has, who are we to doubt him. Jojo is a style of rider that has been missing from the Tour for several years. Iban Mayo once promised much but has since faded away. Not since the glory days of Marco Pantani have we seen a true mountain specialist lighting up the roads on the way to
Sticking with the South American theme, a new Colombian professional team was launched last week,
The team will race the UCI America Tour calendar and some European races. Their campaign begins with the Tour of El Salvador and the Vuelta de
Former winner of the Tour de France and current director of Team CSC, Bjarne Riis, has slammed Jan Ullrich over his attitude towards the sport and his profession.
After seeing his former team mate in
Ullrich meanwhile has confirmed that his early season knee troubles and behind him and he is now back in to full training. Writing on his personal website, Ullrich said that, "I'll compete in my first race this season as of next Tuesday, at the Tour de Romandie. After a short handicap because of my knee irritation I'm completely back on track now."
"I can completely strain my knee again. Even after speed training, where I pace behind a motorbike at full speed, I don't have any problems anymore. I'm on the saddle for up to six hours every day. I'll be increasing the intensity further so that I can hold on to the race in
Finally this week, if you?re in the neighbourhood, why not check out the inaugural Capitol Classic: A Bicycle Ride & Race for Autism Awareness (http://www.bikeforautism.org/), taking place on Sunday, June
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Until next week?