By VeloNews Interactive Wire Services, Copyright AFP 2001
Belgian cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke signed a one-year contract, with an option year, with the Belgian team Domo, team manager Patrick Lefevere announced Wednesday.
The 27-year-old, who won the Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic in 1999 and two stages in the Tour of Spain the same year, admitted that after a couple of lean years this could well be his last chance to revive his career.
Vandenbroucke joins Richard Virenque and a number of other new arrivals at the Belgian outfit. However, Vandenbroucke will be expected to produce better results for Domo than he did for Lampre the past two years.
Vandenbroucke, considered the ‘enfant terrible’ of Belgian cycling, failed to shine in the peloton this year and was let go by the Italian outfit in the summer for his ongoing no-show. But Vandenbroucke admits he’s ready to grasp his chance after having to deal with a number of off-the-bike problems including depression.
“I’ve been working really hard the past few months,” he said. “I’ve got a good team of people around me and I have lots of support. If it doesn’t work out I think it will be my last chance.”
Vandenbroucke’s arrival brings to 25 the number of riders at Domo, who will expect to have a presence in the early season one-day classics and World Cup events, as well as in the three grand tours.
Copyright AFP 2001