Blog: I'm afraid of CSC, says Cadel's boss

By BikeRadar | Saturday, July 19, 2008 7.10pm

Roberto Damiani is Cadel Evans's directeur sportif, his confidant and the tactical mastermind behind the Silence-Lotto team which will attempt to keep the Australian in the yellow jersey on Sunday's first Alpine stage of the Tour from Embrun to Prato Nevoso.

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Procycling's Dan Friebe spoke to Damiani in Narbonne on Friday morning to look ahead to the most important week of his protégé's life.

Procycling: Roberto, how would you judge Cadel's Tour so far on the eve of the Alpine stages?

RD: It's all gone well up until now. Apart from that serious fall the other day, that is. We wanted to be right in the shake-up for the yellow jersey at Hautacam, and we were. I don't think it makes too much difference whether we have the jersey or not. It's true that, with it, the team's a bit more under pressure, but over the last two days we've shown that we can control the race without any great difficulty. It's also true that we don't have a team of great climbers - we hoped that Popovych would be a little stronger in the Pyrenees - but we do have a team which has been used to doing this kind of work for years with McEwen.

To read the rest of the interview, go to Dan Friebe's blog.

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