The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
UCI's requirements for teams taking part in the new Pro Tour we will pay special attention to developing young riders. We intend to reinforce an existing system where we directly and indirectly monitor certain teams of young riders, creating an important feeder for the principal team."
Previous Tour great, Miguel Indurain, this week gave an insight in to this year?s race. ?With Armstrong, all the others are there with sharp teeth because last year they saw failure and this year they will look to see if he fails or not. I believe that he is good now; working hard but in the Tour everything can leave you. In 21 days, like what happened to me, if you have a bad day then the whole Tour is bad.?
Thankfully one thing we do know as a cert for this year's race is that ex-world champion, Mario Cipollini, will be lining up to start the race. Cipollini confirmed last week that, ?I will participate in the Tour, even if I am not in my best condition. I hope my team will support me.? The Italian crashed heavily in stage 7 of the Giro d?Italia.
Ever wondered what it?s like to be a neo-pro on an Italian professional team? Check out our interview with British pro Tom Southam of the Amore e Vita team and look out for his new diary right here at Roadcycling.com.
Till next week,