The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
Forbes.com last week announced Lance Armstrong?s record-breaking seven straight Tour de France victories to be the second greatest sporting achievement of our time. Armstrong was beaten into second place by Roger Bannister, who broke the four-minute mile in 1954. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
"In truth, there is no clear-cut number-one choice. You could make a reasonable case for a dozen different achievements,? said Bob Costas, a journalist on the Forbes.com panel whose role it was to select the top twenty sporting event of our time before the sites editors and readers voted to rank them.
In third place came Jesse Owens who broke four world records in 70 minutes at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.
With 2006 just weeks away, one of the now traditional season openers, the Tour de Langkawi, may be cancelled. Despite Telekom <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
One of the biggest losers are the South African Barloworld team. Having won the race overall this year with 26 year-old Ryan Cox, the team also finished first in the Mountains competition, Team competition and won the testing stage to Genting Highlands.
Other teams reportedly still missing money includes
Having endured several high profile doping scandals in the past 18 months, Swiss team Phonak have also been blighted throughout 2005 with a black mailer threatening to reveal further cases if team manager, Urs Freuler, didn?t pay him 20,000 Swiss Francs.
The guilty party was caught in a police operating at the ?hand-over? which had been arranged at
As we have recently reported, rumours have abated within
The newspaper printed the following table, listing the dates of Ullrich's season start, his weight at that first race, and his subsequent placing in the Tour de France:
Year First Race Weight TdF placement
1997 March 22, Milan-San Remo 75 kg 1
1998 April 6, Basque Country 80 kg 2
1999 March 17, Volta a
80 kg DNS Portugal
2000 March 10, Tirenno-Adriatico 79 kg 2
2001 April 16, Rund um K?ln 77 kg 2
2002 May 22, Bayern Tour 74 kg DNS
2003 April 11,
Sarthe73 kg 2