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EuroTrash Thursday!

Roll up, roll up. No the cycling world does not stop after the Tour. Here’s the proof… Find out about Ullrich vs. Godefroot, Zabel’s Top Spot, Basso For Giro + Tour? The End Of The Road For Credit Agricole Espoirs and Forgery Puts Vasseur Case In Doubt

Ullrich vs. Godefroot
In an interview this week with France’s le Figaro, Jan Ullrich has expressed his discontent with team manager Walter Godefroot following a series of scathing remarks following the German’s less than spectacular Tour. The T-Mobile leader cited a viral infection as the cause of his lack lustre performance and hit back at Godefroot stating that a person “who I speak to on the telephone twice a year — if at all” was not in a position to comment.

Zabel’s Top Spot
Erik Zabel, King of Konsistency (yes i know its a spelling mistake!) has resumed his spot (what a surprise) on top of the UCI rankings following the Tour de France. He now wears a crown of 2181 points, with a 318 point lead over Alessandro Petacchi. Armstrong skips up a notch from 7th to 6th following his latest victory in France.

Basso For Giro + Tour?
In comments made to Datasport this week, Ivan Basso has indicated that he may ride both the Giro and the Tour de France next year. Following his third place finish in Paris last Sunday, the CSC rider became the first Italian on the podium of the Tour since Marco Pantani claimed victory in 1998. The young Italian stated that he believes “I am convinced that it’s possible with the right preparation. Besides, if Bugno, Chiappucci and Pantani succeeded, I don’t see why others shouldn’t?”. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

End Of The Road For Credit Agricole Espoirs
Following the increased financial demands of entering the Pro Tour in 2005, Credit Agricole has announced that 2004 will be the last year for its Espoir cycling programme. The Division 3 outfit has been a stepping stone for a number of riders before entering the theatre of Division 1 racing. Three riders from the current roster are set to move up to the top team next season. The lucky guys are Kylian Patour, Cyril Lemoine, and Jeremy Yates. Best wishes to them.

Forgery Puts Vasseur Case In Doubt
Cofidis pro, Cedric Vasseur has long protested his innocence following the recent investigations into his team. Revelations uncovered by a handwriting expert this week have bolstered the Frenchman’s case after it has been indicated that signatures supposedly made by Vasseur on statements were in fact forged.

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