This is the best article that I've read on the whole thing. I couldn't have said it better myself...
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Having signed both best French GC rider at this year's tour, Christophe Moreau, as well as fourth placed Francisco Macebo, AG2R is hopeful of a ProTour spot for next year - most likely replacing the departing Fassa Bortolo. Hopefully, we'll get to see Mark Scanlon pounding away at a few ProTour events next year.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Bobby Julich continues an amazing 2005
Following his great Paris-Nice and Crit International wins, Bobby Julich blew away the field on the final day TT at the inaugural Benelux Tour to win the event by 21 seconds over Eric Decker. In addition to his top 20 placing at the Tour (while helping Basso claim second place), I'd argue that this year is better than his "breakout" year in '98.
Quite a week for CSC with Basso having claimed the Tour of Denmark crown over the weekend. Bjarne Riis will have a career in motivation and leadership speaking if he ever packs in his DS role.
Things looking tough for Spain at the Worlds
After owning the world championship road race for the past couple of years, things are looking grim for Spain this year on their home turf. First there was news that Freire is not going to recover from surgery on time and now Valverde looks like he'll miss it too. Unless Flecha can get in a breakaway, it looks like it'll either be an Italian (Petacchi), Australian (McEwan) or Belgian (Boonen) win this year...
Inauspicious first Tour of Benelux
The inaugural Eneco Tour of Benelux has had a painful birth with a lot of riders complaining about the event organization and with the fiasco earlier in the week when the entire peloton went off the course only to be guided back to the course by local, and race leader, Rik Verbrugghe. In the mean time, the breakaway that comprised Scott Sunderland, Jason McCartney and Bart Dockx were forced to stop and wait for the peloton to catch up and were then denied two minutes that they had had on the peloton because the directionally challenged group had riden a few extra miles. I wonder if the Benelux Tour will still be a part of the ProTour next year.
Apparently the reason for the peloton getting lost was because an official left his post - most of the examples of bad turns that I can think of - especially those at the end of stages are because of officials actually sending people the wrong way - not sure I can remember another time that the peloton has had to decide which way to go because there was nobody there to guide them.