南の国の太陽、空の色の獅子

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●休養日

キャンプ4日目は休養日。
スタッフたちがサッカーゲームをやり、グエルチレーナがレース中と同じ調子でイタリア語で叫んでいる。
2日休んだファビアンはお仕事。2時間走って、写真・ビデオ撮影、レーススケジュールを決めるミーティングなど。

●ルクスのスポーツアワード

8日夜、年末恒例のルクセンブルクのスポーツアワードが開催され、アンディ1位、フランク2位。
男性部門は、自転車RRが9連勝中。キルシェン (2003-2005, 2007,2008)、フランク (2006)、アンディ(2009-2011)。
Andy Schleck bringt Radsport 9 Sieg in Folge(Tageblatt 12/8)

●インタビュー記事
Laurent Didier: «Je suis parfois trop gentil»(Le Quotidien 12/8)


●5日目

公式サイト写真
cyclingnews写真

●Tour Down Under(1/15-22)

Tour Down Under公式サイトが、RadioShack-Nissan-Trek の出場選手をアナウンスしている。
RadioShack-Nissan-Trek team announced
Team Manager, Jose Bent Carvalho de Azevedo (POR)
riders: Daniele Bennati (ITA), Linus Gerdemann (GER), Ben Hermans (BEL), Tiago Jose Pinto Machado (POR), Hayden Roulston (NZL), Jesse Sergent (NZL) and Jens Voigt (GER)

●インタビュー記事
King looking to continue progress with RadioShack-Nissan-Trek (cyclingnews 12/9)


●ロンドン(12/3)での写真

Fabian Cancellara London 2012 recon(Cycling Weekly)

●ブリュイネールの発言

«Je n'ai rien à perdre et j'aime les gros défis!»(Le Quotidien 12/9)
火曜日午後4時から行われたプレスカンファレンスでの応答。
cyclingnewsのビデオとの重複部分含む。複数の記事を足していけば、元発言に近いものに辿り着けそう。

この記事の伝える内容には、興味をそそられた。
総括すれば、「ポジティブな印象を受けた」。
私が彼を「信頼」する日が来るかどうかはまだみえぬが、プレシーズンのスタートとしては悪くない。
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"I have nothing to lose and I like the big challenges"

Johan Bruyneel book an uncompromising speech, true to character, and inspired perfectionist. The strong man of the team-Nissan, RadioShack Trek gives his view of modern cycling.
The Belgian manager, new leader of the team in Luxembourg, be firm and determined.

From our special correspondent in Calpe
Denis Bastien


Johan, in the course of Calpe, you have gathered all the riders who will be on your team in 2012. Tell us about the usefulness of such a course.

Johan Bruyneel: I took half the staff and half of the runners of the current RadioShack. We know each other and they bump together for a long time but the other half Leopard, it was not the case. It's a learning process, so yes there is an adjustment period to learn how to work. But I still think we will be ready from the start to be performing at the highest level.


How did the exact idea of ​​this merger?

In fact, it happened by coincidence. And a surprise at least for me. But when you think it was not such a big surprise. We had Leopard-Trek, which I think was a pretty good first season. It's easy to criticize the lack of big wins but when you look at the number of times they were close ... I would not say it was a disappointing season. On our side, we had the two-year commitment of more than Nissan and RadioShack. And we had the factor Trek, it has a long history with Trek and that's how the idea was born. Maybe the idea is a little crazy. But when talking with people, some do not find it crazy. We started around the table, it was discussed. We spoke with Flavio Becca and our sponsors. Everyone was open and after three or four months of hard work, we are here. I am delighted with the result. This is a very long process and out, some people do not like some new ideas. In general, change is something that disturbs people because it has its good habits.

You said that change is scary. It makes you afraid?

You know me a long time, you know I'm not one to be afraid of change. Let's be honest. Something like this, putting two groups together, the first reaction is to wonder what this will change. Some knew their job would be in question. Others who were in the same system for a long time, knew that there would be changes. I knew that people would not like it. At first it's something completely secret, confidential. And the fact of not being able to talk about making things even more complicated. It's not so much that it is not.

However, the news was noised abroad ...

I knew I would be able to explain to everyone. All these discussions have taken place. Now we work on is to put two groups together. It needs time. It's very important for them to spend time together on the bike. When the season starts, there will be a group, a solid unit, ready to go ...

What is the first message that you passed to the riders?

We put everyone in a single classroom. I told everyone I had an explanation and I explained what had happened. I asked everyone to say what he had on the heart in front of everyone. Until then, we could not really communicate. I have heard doubts, criticisms, questions. But all questions have been answered. In any case, my perception. Once we had left the room, we were a team and can not speak more than two teams.

Fabian Cancellara had doubts before you meet ...

I spoke with Fabian and he never told me that he had any questions or doubts. I think it was early on the team. All the conversations I had with him was very positive. We talked to Zurich and then at Spa. I see a Fabian Cancellara very motivated, very happy with its environment.

Do you think that should be Contador in the Tour in 2012?

Of course I want to see on the next Tour. I am not a judge but I have my opinion. I think the best rider of the best four or five years is Alberto Contador. For everyone and cycling, it would be very negative Alberto is punished. His problem is that if it was a clear case, we do not speak for a year and a half. But I hope he can prove his innocence.

How to beat it?

Everyone can be beaten. If Contador is at the top of its level, it is hard to beat a man to man. There are many other strategies that can be implemented. This is the strongest, the best climber, very strong against the clock, he has won everything. But our strength is our team. We will use this force to attack. Where? I do not know. But if we wait for the timer or finish in the mountains, is one against one and it's very complicated. We will use the strengths of the group to attack him and other favorites.

This command you there to make sacrifices?

Normally not. Unless there is a strategic opportunity where you say it's time. We must make a choice. In theory, if you look at the history and age of each, Andy was three times second, so it is the logical leader. I think no one was as close to win the Tour, except perhaps Andreas Klöden. Andy age for him. So if someone asks me which are the two guys who have the best chance in our team, it is Andy and Andreas. But I think we can set up a group that can put pressure on everyone and the other teams. We can lose everything but win everything. If we play safety, it will be really hard to win. We must be smart and make Paris, even at the risk while trying to win.

Is it an advantage to have worked with Contador?

Riis has worked before with Andy and Frank, can say the same thing.

How to help Fabian reconnect with success?

Fabian has nothing to prove. We must create an environment that performs to the highest level. If you look at his races in 2011, he was a little less strong than in the past and most importantly, he failed of success. He did not have the support he needed to be the real favorite of the race. After he made a big demonstration Harelbeke (note: at the Grand Prix E3). Even if you feel so great and despite the win, for me it was clear that it would be difficult for him to win the Tour of Flanders. He was all alone. When you're alone, the best strategy is to attack. Unfortunately, no one could follow him and he was tired at the end. My job is to make sure that the team is strong. What we do now is build the best team to surround him, all the staff present. If he is motivated and works as two years ago, it will be the same. I think it will be better surrounded in the classics this year.

Tell us about the reinforcements which he enjoyed.

I think Rast is a guy who was at the RadioShack in Round Top and Roubaix. He proved he could be in the final. I also Popovych has many technical qualities to be there in the pavement. We will have a team strong enough to support Fabian.

The loss of Stuart O'Grady will she not harmful?

This is a very experienced rider who really helped Fabian year. But the problem is not to have Stuart but to have other guys. Stuart has worked as too early in the race. Be the favorite, it was hard because everyone was against Fabian and Leopard. This year it will be a favorite. Not alone.

What would you say if you were there?

In cycling, if you can win a big race, it must be done, you never know what will happen after. I remember talking to someone before Leopard Round and telling him it would be very hard for you to win this time.

What is your method to change things?

It's a long process. This is not my intention to come and change everything. It does not work like that. It needs time. Since the conversations we have had, discussions on the schedules, I felt people open to these changes and is a very good thing. We need people to be convinced by my speech, if it does not work.

Frank and Andy are very close, some accuse them of how they run, noting that when one is not great, does not attack the other. What is your opinion?

I heard these comments but I have not seen it personally. What is certain is that if you have a chance in the Tour and you can save time, we will.

What specific changes can you make?

I brought a lot already. The organization is different, we train much earlier. Last year at this time they were in the snow (note: in Crans Montana), was good. But I just want to be ready, whether at some level all the time. It must be a race against the clock to be ready. If it is a good runner as pro at the beginning of the year, you know you can set up a plan and take you there. But if you start the season by being out of shape, then you should be creative, change a course, remove one. It's hard enough as we can be patient, it can fall, get hurt. So the goal is to be in physical condition, but not specifically to gain a level high enough so as not to suffer and to build on these races to be at the top first in April for the classics and then for the second half of the season.

Do you think the level of Andy last year at the Tour of Colorado and the Tour de Suisse was not enough?

In California it was OK. In Switzerland, it was disappointing. At the Tour de Suisse, one should not win but at least be in the top 5, top 6, top 7, beat the best. It gives you the impression that you are ready, the drive that is the Tour of Switzerland for the Tour, works. So yes, it should have been at a higher level in Switzerland. But it was a good level on the Tour. I do not mean he will not do the Tour de Suisse.

Back to you. Did you feel the biggest frustration in your career in the last Tour?

Yes. It was terrible. Going with several leaders (Andreas Klöden, Levi Leipheimer, Chris Horner and Janez Brajkovic). We knew it would be hard to win but we had a very strong team with guys motivated. And three or four days, everything was gone, everyone was on the floor. But ... I've seen other teams have bad luck in the Tour ...

If Andreas Klöden had not had the crash, he could have finished on the podium?

I think so.

What we learn from this experience?

What you learn is that when you are on the Tour, competing and focused on the fact of winning the race to control, you're in a bubble. But finally, it puts everything in perspective. At the end of the day, you think it's only a bike race and the need to focus on the next. But I did not know it was possible to have as much luck. It was like a domino effect.

You have won seven Tours with Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador with two others. Why do you continue?

I have nothing to lose. What attracts me are the challenges. Making these two teams one is one. A big. I like big challenges. I do not feel they have anything to prove. The mission is very hard. But I face the difficult challenges. I'm very excited to do so.

How did you decide on the exact composition of the team?

It was easier on our side (note: RadioShack) as there were no such problems of contracts that ran for two years. But there were guys who were there for years. This is a discussion we had with the team managers and riders like Andy, Frank and Fabian, and even some of RadioShack. But sometimes you have to put the feelings aside and take the best to the best team possible.

You still have a lot of leaders in power ...

On some points, one has to wonder if having too many leaders is an issue. This is a project around the brothers Schleck and Cancellara to the classics.

You have lost Levi Leipheimer ...

He still has high ambitions and I think he found the team (Omega Pharma - Quick Step), which suited him. He would have had its opportunities and chances with us but sometimes you need to know to make choices. For him, the choice to go to Omega is probably the best possible. He has the experience, it can evolve at the highest level. It is a combination of possibilities, which would not have been possible here.

The departure of Janez Brajkovic (note: for Astana) was planned?

Brajkovic was a personal decision on his part. We had an agreement, he came to tell me during the Vuelta that it was too limited in this team. I listened and accepted his arguments.

Is it the strongest team you've got to lead?

It's hard to say. I think in terms of quality, yes, it is the strongest team. I've had very strong teams in the Tour, the Giro and the Vuelta. But in terms of quality and potential presence throughout the year, I think so.

You have the luxury of having a rich effect. This will give you there a headache for the selection of the Tour?

I do not think about it now. Decisions, we will take the month of June That's why I think it is important to the performance of many races. The ultimate goal is to be the strongest team throughout the year. See the number one late in the season would be a great satisfaction.

What are the colors of the team?

The street is open to everyone, the colors also ...

You have agreed with Fabian Cancellara of the route of the chrono London Olympics. Your point of view?

The intention was to see the circuit. He will return. It is impossible to see this course without traffic. It is important to be familiar with the course.

Your license has been granted World Tour later (note: Monday). Are you angry on this issue licenses?

Not angry but frustrated. For without going into details, I do not understand why certain things have been imposed on us and not to other teams. We had no choice but to meet all the criteria because we need this license Pro Tour or World Tour ... Finally, we do not need it but it's better to have it. So yes, I am frustrated and not happy with the way you are treated.

We know you have a general vision for cycling. What changes do you recommend?

My opinion is very clear: I believe that professional sports have reached a level that it became part of the business. And I see that the bike is a little behind. Probably because of the nature of our sport. There was no stage is for the road, it's free. But when you compare and you see the little ones that makes progress, I think pro cycling could be organized. I'm not talking about split. But I think there are discussions of new initiatives that involve everyone. Now there is one organization that everyone must follow. If it were up to me, I would like to see a change there.

This would be a challenge of the UCI ...

It's simple, I'm talking about pro cycling. It's very complex, there are several categories, several disciplines. Road cycling should be seen as a separate entity. Without the UCI. The UCI has shown they know how to regulate the bicycle. But the business aspect of sport should be done differently. One has only to see how it is difficult to find sponsors every year. Because at the end, what has to offer, it is only big races like the Tour de France. It's good but it could be better. Professional teams could be considered as franchises that could survive for years as the great Spanish football clubs, like Real or Barca. There are things we can learn. We must move away from the model according to which depends exclusively on pro cycling sponsorship. If we do, we can have a much larger business around our sport. But to succeed, we need the support of all parties. And if every time one is struck with a hammer when you do not agree with what is said or what they want, we can not move forward. Our sport has two major sources of revenue: sponsorship and TV rights. It is logical that we, as a team, with riders like champions, top players in the film, we would like to have a share of TV rights. It would be a good start. It's not just about money but it's just a matter of safety and survival. Because if you know you have other sources of income, can be planned. This affects the recruitment of young people.
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