The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
Not one for just slipping away from the sport quietly, it seems that every week now ex-Cofidis rider Philippe Gaumont is in the press with another quote about the state of our sport and his belief that most professional riders are charged to the hilt. In an interview with French sports paper, l?Equipe, he said, ?My career was a failure. I want to believe that there is still hope. When I speak, it?s to share a personal experience. I am not looking to incriminate anyone. I just want to let it be known that there are real problems in our sport.? One less now you?ve been sacked Philippe. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
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I believe that given the right training, team working creation, recovery and mental approach that anything is possible in my profession. I have not, do not, and never will take performance enhancing drugs or procedures to make this belief come true. Why would I? And yet, given recent estimates and accusations in the media by cyclists, journalists, government officials and even a member of the World Anti Doping Authority (WADA) I fall into a category of 'must be' doped riders.
Come and live with me. Sit in a car and watch me train. Sit up all night stressing over upcoming races and map out game plans. Share the pain through injury and feel the torment when for unknown reasons the form is just not there.
Scottish World Kilometre Champion, Chris Hoy, said of the latest affair, ?Road and Track are like two separate sports and we don?t have the same problems. I can put my hand on my heart and say I?ve never taken drugs.?
Ex-team mate and leader of Philippe Gaumont, Dave Millar has made a steady if not quiet start to the year. Continuing to train and prepare himself for the coming season, Millar has been travelling to
South African Sprinter Robert Hunter (Rabobank) has been laid up for a short while following his fall in the recent Ruta del Sol. Hunter, suffering from suspected broken ribs, missed last weeks Belgian season opener, Het Volk, but he hopes to have returned in time for Paris-Nice.
One of last season?s disappointments following his big money move from the Spanish Kelme team to Telekom was 31-year-old, Colombian Santiago Botero. This year, refocused and better