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Bruyneel: ‘I wanted to shock Fränk Schleck — Het Nieuwsblad
RadioShack-Nissan manager Johan Bruyneel attended Andy Schleck’s yellow jersey ceremony for the 2010 Tour de France on Tuesday and said that he had hoped to send a shockwave through his team with the announcement earlier this month that the squad would not guarantee Tour de France roster places to any rider.
“It was not addressed personally,” he said. “I just wanted everyone in the team wake up. That is my role as team leader. Perhaps it is strange to express my displeasure through the media, but I hope I Fränk and the other riders can motivate in the future to do better. I know that riders are not machines, but sometimes you need to focus to transform the team. I hope this was effective. We are performing below expectations. I want everyone to realize that, and from the Tour of Luxembourg we will see results.”
Cancellara knows he has to work — Het Nieuwsblad
Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack) finished his first race back since undergoing collarbone surgery in early April over the weekend. The Swiss raced the Bayern Rundfahrt, finishing 1:16 behind Michael Rogers (Sky) in the final-stage time trial.
“I am convinced that it was a good race to get back into competition,” said Cancellara. “Sunday I woke up with a destroyed body and a stuffy nose. Ultimately, it proved a useful experience. I know now that I have to work.”
Zomegnan critical of 95th Giro — La Gazzetta dello Sport
In his Gazzetta blog, former Giro d’Italia director Angelo Zomegnan was critical of this year’s tour, taking jabs at the Italian contenders, race jury and others.
“The other Italians contending for the pink jersey instead have taken a step back: Michele Scarponi has not been able to legitimize the pink jersey given him before leaving the scene in Herning, Denmark, and Ivan Basso has personally raised more than his team has sown, although with a few tactical hiccups,” wrote Zomegnan.
The former race director also criticized the race jury for allowing the sharp corners in the sprints at Horsens and Frosinone and other “technical inconsistencies,” like changing the final time trial twice in the race’s final 10 days.
Reijnen recaps nationals bronze-medal ride — Missing Saddle
In a blog post on the Missing Saddle website, Team Type 1’s Kiel Reijnen recapped his third-place ride at the USA Cycling Professional National Championship road race on Monday. It was the second time in three years that Reijnen has finished on the podium in Greenville, South Carolina; he missed out in 2011 as he battled illness most of the season.
“It just goes to show that the race is never really over until you cross the line. It was a very different race than any edition before and I played the best tactical cards I had given that we only had three riders in the race,” wrote Reijnen. “I had hoped to be a bit stronger on the climb the final time, but now I have something to train for! It was a great race, Timmy was a very deserving winner and Frank a very deserving second. I was happy to share the all-Boulder podium with both of those guys. I am really looking forward to Philly next weekend as it can be a similar type of course.”