he is likely to move on to the US Postal Tour de France training camp.
Events with Beltran's old team,
Coast, seem to be going from bad to worse. At the beginning of the week, team Director Rudy Pevenage was quoted as saying ?we are trying to keep this team together; that is our primary objective, rather than finding another team for Jan, Tobias Steinhauser and I. We are asking Mr. Dahms [Coast owner] to reduce his sponsorship role, so that the team can become Bianchi-Coast. We will make new propositions to the riders, revisit the contracts and reduce the budget so we can continue. Early next week, we'll present this plan to the UCI.? However by Wednesday events had taken a turn for the worst when Wolfgang Strohband, Ullrich?s manager, was quoted as saying that further co-operation with Team Coast owner G?nther Dahms "is not possible," according to German news agency dpa. "The future will be without Dahms. That applies to Jan, Rudy Pevenage and me. The damage Dahms has already done to our reputations is large enough." Co-sponsor Bianchi are also seeking to split from Dahms and Coast, taking the existing Coast Division I license and riders across to a new Dutch registered team with the sole aim of being on the start line of the Tour de France on 5 th July in support of Ullrich. It is still not clear whether Ullrich has had his contract with
Coast terminated, or whether it is indeed required as money is still owed to the rider. Dahms is presently seeking.
Another rider reported to be moving to US Postal, man of the moment Tom Danielson (Team Saturn) has pulled out of the Peace Race along with team-mate Nathan O?Neill due to stomach ailments. The official word from the team is putting this down to Nathan?s hard training over the winter in the Australian sunshine and Tom?s frequent training trips to
New Mexico . Unfortunately for them though, roadcycling.com has unearthed the truth ? too many Chicken Burritos! Where do a top US pro and his better half go after a hard day in the saddle? ?The local burrito shop Nini's. There is nothing quite like a chicken burrito to speed up the recovery process.?
And for all those people out there who complain about having to drag themselves out for a few hours now and then to go training instead of reading my ranting and ravings, just have a thought for Ken Looi of New Zealand who has just set a new 24 hour world record for off road uni cycling ? 134 km?s! Why? Why would you do it?
Finally, Belgian Rik Van Steenbergen passed away in hospital in
Antwerp this week following a lengthy illness. In a career spanning 25 years, Rik won 952 road and track events including the World Championship, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and Milano-San Remo.
Oh, then there?s the Giro. Garzelli leads,