The Week That Was...

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04/27/2004| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin

The Week That Was...

Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.

we can continue to compete at the top level and win tours and big races.  But we are confident that we will find somebody else.  There has already been an effort put in place to find a new sponsor.?   Armstrong?s manager, Bill Stapleton, added that the team is ?committed to keeping our riders and staff in place for years to come and furthering our goals of winning important events like the Tour de France.?


Armstrong certainly didn?t seem too fazed by the news as he went on to win two stages and also the overall at the Tour de Georgia.  After winning a bunch sprint ahead of Cuban Ivan Dominguez (Colavita Olive Oil) in stage three, the Texan followed the morning success with victory over CSC German rider Jens Voigt in the 29.9km Time Trial by 24 seconds.  ?I went all out today and am very happy to win here,? he commented.  Armstrong went on to maintain the advantage over the following stages, wrapping up the overall honors three stages later, safely tucked in the bunch behind stage winner Gordon Fraser (Health Net).  Voigt finished second at 24 seconds with fellow American, Chris Horner (Webcor), a further 37 seconds adrift.  How did Armstrong find racing on home soil after such a long absence?  "Here it's a whole different art. You can tell the guys here are used to racing differently. You have no friends, you have no allies, you have no breaks in
Europe - It?s very different."


Can I just say a big thank you to all of you who wrote in last week to advise me that in fact Big Maggie B?ckstedt is actually Swedish, not Danish!  What would I do without you?!


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Till next week...



Ian Melvin


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