The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
Winner of last year?s Giro d?Italia and the current UCI number one ranked rider, Damiano Cunego, will begin his 2005 season in
Co-leader of the new Lampre-Caffita team, Gilberto Simoni, has perhaps indicated which direction his career may take once he finally hangs up his wheels. Simoni passed a Director Sportif training course held in
The new Discovery Channel professional cycling team last week announced their 28th signature for the 2005 season. World U23 Time Trial Champion, Janez Brajkovic, has signed and will join his new teammates for the first time at the team?s Californian pre-season training camp beginning on January 11th. Director Sportif, Johan Bruyneel, said, "We were looking to make another addition to the team and thought about taking a young rider. I saw Brajkovic' results in the time trial at the World's and thought it was very impressive, as he beat the race favourite (Thomas Dekker) who seemed, at least on paper, almost unbeatable. We did some research on him and talked with some other people and then saw his test results, and found them to be very promising. He then came to
Discovery Channel team rider Manuel Beltran last week confirmed that he would compete in both the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana this year. "The Tour is unsurpassed. It is a race that captures the interest of all the fans and I dream a lot of riding it. The Vuelta is the most important race in
2003 World Champion, Igor Astarloa will ride for the British registered Team Barloworld in 2005. Spanish newsagency EFE quoted Astarloa?s manager, Paolo Zanni, as saying "We are talking to the Valsir Company, the Italian sponsor of Igor Astarloa which will be the main sponsor of the team in