The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
them at all, and I thank them a lot for everything they have taught me this year." The Coloradan had expected to start his first Tour de France in July. When that never materialized, Danielson was promised a start at the Vuelta. Again he was omitted from their 9-man team as Fasso instead opted to support super sprinter, Alessando Pettachi. "Johan Bruyneel and Discovery came to me in August with the dream. I was more than excited by it, and the first time I got off the phone I told myself that I needed to make this happen, even though it might not be the easiest thing. But with Johan Bruyneel, Dirk Demol, Sean Yates and of course Lance Armstrong... the whole infrastructure of the team, it all became clear to me that this was where I wanted to go."
Another rider rumoured to be on the move from Ferretti?s team is Aitor Gonzalez. DEIA, the Spanish on-line news service, has reported that the riders? management are in negotiations with the Basque Euskaltel-Euskadi squad who see Gonzalez as the ideal leader for the early season stage races, spring classics and the Vuelta. The team reportedly plans to launch a three-prong attack on the Grand Tours next year; besides Gonzalez at the Vuelta, Haimar Zubeldia will lead the squad at the Giro and Iban Mayo at the Tour. One stumbling block to the move is likely to be the substantial salary that Gonzalez enjoys at Fassa and which it is unlikely that Euskaltel-Euskadi will be able to meet.
Over the weekend, it has been announced that the organizers of the world?s biggest races, the Tour, Giro and Vuelta, (A.S.O., R.S.A. and Unipublic), had all informed the UCI that they wanted no part in the new Pro Tour - the premiership of cycling?s elite. This move is expected to end the Pro Tour which has been thwarted by setbacks since it was first announced. It?s expected that the UCI will attempt to resurrect the plan over a series of meetings at the World Championships in
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Till next week,