Euro Trash Thursday
Coming this week in another electrifying episode of Euro Trash….. Jan misses out on T-mobile boat fest, Bettini’s Giglio, Pens beat the legs in charity soccer, Max shifts to Bjarne’s barn and is Mario back on track?
No Ullrich at T-Mobile Presentation
The notable absentee from this Monday’s official T-Mobile presentation in Cologne was the man himself Jan Ullrich. The event was held on a boat on the Rhine river. The German star did not attend due to the on going contractual dispute with his former employer Team Bianchi. Jan is already said to have begun his preparation for the coming season and will make his debut clad in pink once again at the Tour of Mallorca in February.
Italian Stallions Receive Honours
Paolo Bettini, 2003 World Cup winner and UCI ranked number one has been awarded the prestigious Giglio d’Oro in Pontenuovo di Calenzano, Italy. The award was in recognition of his achievements this year. Alessandro Petacchi was presented with the Trofeo Gino Bartali for his stellar season and Gilberto Simoni also received a commendation. Italian legend Francesco Moser received a special award in recognition of the nine Gigli d’Oro’s he won over his career.
Journalists Triumph in Charity Soccer
A Tuscan journalist team trounced an Italian groupo including Paolo, Bettini, Andrea Tafi, Fabrizio Guidi, Elio Aggiano, Dario Pieri, Max Sciandri and Massimiliano Lelli. The final score was 5-4 including two impressive goals from the multi-talented Bettini. The match was held to raise money for victims of the Nassiriya bomb attacks, in which a number of Italians were killed, and the ‘Emergency ‘humanitarian organisation.
Sciandri’s Switch to CSC for ’04.
Brit/Italian Max Sciandri has announced that he has signed for Bjarne Riis’ CSC outfit for the 2004 season. The veteran rider enters his 16th season as a professional and believes that this may be his last. Sciandri joins a strong contingent including Italian Grand Tour hope Ivan Basso.
Mario Back on Track?
Mario Cipollini is said to be considering a return to the track in 2004. The Italian fast man is mulling over competing in the Individual Pursuit at the coming Olympics to be held in Athens, Greece.