The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
Oh Erik! Erik, Erik, Erik... What have you done! ?Zabel had the legs today but he made a mistake,? understated Oscar Freire, Rabobank rider and winner of the 2004 Milan-San Remo yesterday. ?If he hadn?t raised his arms I don?t know if I would have won. That?s hard to say, but what matters is who crossed the line first.? A dejected Erik Zabel explained, ?I thought I had won. I realized my mistake right away when Freire passed me. But I prefer to look on the bright side of things; people have said I?m on the decline but I beat Petacchi.? ? Yes Erik, but you?re missing the point here. You may have beaten Petacchi but you lost Milan-San Remo because you made an error that would embarrass even the most in-experienced junior! <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
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Last week, Italian news agency ANSI released a statement from Dr Giuseppe Fortuni into the death of Marco Pantani. ?The death of Marco Pantani was caused by acute cocaine intoxication. Acute cocaine intoxication provoked a pulmonary and cerebral edema (accumulation of liquid), which were the cause of death. There are no concrete elements to support the hypothesis of suicide.? A full report is due to be released in the next two weeks.
Lance Armstrong has been tipped by Spanish great, Miguel Indurain, to go on this July and win number six. ?I can see, as can his rivals, that