TdF Cycling News for July 2, 2005
Edited by Jeff Jones
An interview with Mick Rogers
The harder, the better
On the eve of the Tour's first time trial in Fromentine, Cyclingnews'
John Trevorrow spoke with Australian World Time Trial Champion Michael
Rogers (Quick.Step) about his ambitions for the Grande Boucle and
Michael Rogers (Quick.Step-Innergetic)
Photo ©: Sirotti
Cyclingnews: Michael, very exciting, with a couple of days to
go before the start of what should be a special Tour de France for you.
You obviously have the best form of your cycling career.
Mick Rogers: I am coming in here very confident and
finishing second in the Tour of Switzerland has been good, and as I said,
really looking forward to it. I think it will be a really hard Tour this
year, just the competition and the amount of guys who want to finish in
the top ten or top five is a lot higher this year, so I think it will
be a great race.
CN: Switzerland was a bit harder than previous years, which was
a great test for you for the Tour and you're climbing superbly, so it
must give you great confidence for a podium finish.
MR: Yes that's right John, this year I have worked
so hard in the mountains, that is what I was lacking last year and the
work I have done has paid off and my time trialling is as good as it has
ever been. Certainly you know I am aiming to finish in the top ten and
if I don't finish in the top ten I will be somewhat disappointed.
here for the full interview
Liberty Seguros-Würth optimistic
The nine riders of the Liberty Seguros-Würth team passed the medical
controls on Thursday and carried out their final testing of the time trial
course on Friday, ready for tomorrow's Tour kick-off in Fromentine. On
Friday evening, the team attended the official Tour team presentation,
before travelling back to its hotel near Nantes. All riders are looking
forward to the start of the race tomorrow.
"I am good and with the desire of doing well in the first test, tomorrow,
because already important things will be seen there. The first aim is
to get into the race, because last year I could not do it on any day.
For me, the Dauphiné Libéré does not count, it was a mirage where we could
not determine our real condition. Now, on the other hand, the sensations
are good and I come with the same ambition that I do in all the grand
tours, to fight for the general classification. I know that it will be
very difficult against Lance Armstrong and Discovery. I have ridden with
them and I know better than anybody that they always come very strong,
but I won't give up because of that."
"I am as nervous as if it was my first Tour. My objective, without any
doubt, is to return to the same level that I was at, but without forgetting
that I am working for Roberto Heras, who is our leader. Two years after
my fall, it is very important to return after so much time battling it.
To be tomorrow in the start will be a major satisfaction for me."
"I am a bit nervous and simultaneously desire that everything starts,
because these days are becoming endless. I am living through the uncertainty
of how I will be in the best race in the world and I would like that,
by the end of the Tour, I have been useful to my team and they are satisfied
with my work. Also, I hope to be in some situations of the race where
people can see me, but the fundamental thing for me is to work and to
"I feel good, focused, and with the desire to start everything. I already
have one year of experience and my aim is to obtain the best results for
the team. Certainly I hope to win a stage, and I believe that I don't
have any excuses: I have trained very well and I feel strong."
"Before the start it is difficult to talk, it's like when you do an
examination at school: you have done all your homework, but it is necessary
to verify it on the road. I feel good, but you never know what is going
to happen, you can have the three best weeks of your life or not do anything.
If I am OK, I will go for a stage, win, but I will work for the team."
Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano
"I come to the Tour with desire, with a lot of strength to dispute it,
but for the present time, my aims are the general aims of the team, because
my form is a mystery after a long time without being able to get good
results at a high level."
Luis León Sanchez
"Manolo Saiz asked me before coming if I was feeling motivated to do
the Tour, and the truth is that I am, because this is the best race for
being motivated. My aim is to help Roberto in every way I can and, personally,
what I want most is to make it to Paris. Everybody says the Tour is very
difficult, so for me it is enough to finish it."
"It is my eighth Tour of France and I believe that I am coming to the
start in good condition after preparing for this race the whole year.
In spite of the fact that I have not had good results previously, I have
confidence that, after two bad years, we will finally manage to find the
same level her that we have in the Vuelta a España".
"I am coming to the start in good shape and with the idea of helping
the team, but also I want to take advantage of the opportunities to win
a stage. It is my third Tour and clearly, I have many desires to finish
it after having abandoned because a fall both of the previous times."
Bertogliati in for Cuesta
Saunier Duval-Prodir has made a last minute change to its Tour line
up, bringing Swiss rider Rubens Bertogliati in for Spaniard Iñigo Cuesta.
The latter, who won the mountain time trial in the Volta a Catalunya,
is sick and can't race. Bertogliati sprang to fame in the 2002 Tour when
he won the first stage and the yellow jersey.
Also see: Tour start
Cyclingnews will be providing its usual coverage of the Tour
de France live from start to finish. Stage 1 starts at 15:40 CEST/09:40
EDT (USA East)/06:40 PDT (USA West)/23:40 AEST (Australia East).
Spotted in France: White wristbands
Lance Armstrong's Yellow wristbands aren't the only ones seen on the
arms of cyclists, cycling fans and 'normal' people anymore. The Global
White Band Day on July 1 has chosen homologues to the fashionable
band as a symbol of the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) week
of action, during which campaigners and the public in 72 countries will
call for an end to poverty.
Vino still waiting
T-Mobile rider and Kazakh champion Alexandre Vinokourov is still waiting
for his new jersey to arrive, writes French daily L'Equipe. The
squad's clothing sponsor Adidas is producing a special garment for the
31 year-old: to the colours of the Kazakh flag (light blue) will be added
a Yellow stripe featuring the name of his team.
"Live like Lance" with PowerBar
Food supplement company PowerBar has announced the "Live Like Lance"
sweepstakes, a US online consumer promotion to celebrate the legend of
Lance Armstrong as he embarks on his final Tour de France competition.
PowerBar invites consumers to visit www.powerbar.com,
where they can enter for a chance to win a Lance Armstrong prize package
by correctly answering sports nutrition trivia questions. The sweepstakes
will run throughout the 2005 Tour de France event and entries will be
accepted until August 8, 2005.
Prizes include a trip for two to the Lance Armstrong Foundation's Ride
for the Roses event in Austin, Texas this October, a coaching session
ride in Austin with Armstrong's coach Chris Carmichael, a custom-fitted
Trek Madone 5.9 bike, Ciclosport HAC 4 advanced sports computers and a
cycling jersey signed by Lance Armstrong.
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