First Edition TdF Cycling News for June 25, 2005
Edited by Jeff Jones & Hedwig Kröner
An interview with Alexandre Vinokourov and Andreas Klöden
The point men
Photo ©: Mani Wollner
Photo ©: Mani Wollner
With the Tour's two biggest favourites seemingly neck and neck coming
out of the Dauphiné Libéré and Tour de Suisse respectively, will it come
down to the strength of the team that decides the ultimate winner of the
2005 Tour de France?
We know a lot about Discovery and their riders, but what about T-Mobile,
and can they unite to derail the inexorably successful Blue Train who
have made it six out of six so far? Anthony Tan gets the low-down
from Jan Ullrich's point men, Andreas Klöden and Alexandre Vinokourov.
It's hard to say which team is strongest on paper - T-Mobile or Discovery
Channel. However, both have a former Tour winner leading their team, and
eight other men willing to sacrifice all personal ambitions for one objective
and one objective only: to win the Tour de France.
In T-Mobile, as well as 1997 champion Jan Ullrich, the Bonn-based team
boasts two riders who have finished on the podium in Paris: last year's
runner-up, Andreas Klöden, and third place overall in 2003, Alexandre
Vinokourov. This trio alone makes a formidable team in itself, and with
each one approaching their best form, it's becomes apparent that this
could well be the toughest title defence Lance Armstrong will ever undertake.
Just before the
team's Tour launch on Wednesday, we managed to find out a little more
about Ullrich's two most valuable lieutenants, whose personality and style
are often in complete contrast with one another - but will hopefully lead
to a recipe for success as 'Der Kaiser' embarks on what will be his eighth
Tour de France campaign.
here for the full interview.
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