Phonak welcome CAS decision

New Phonak team manager John Lelangue tells procycling how he heard the news about his team's ProTou

New Phonak team manager John Lelangue tells procycling how he heard the news about his team's ProTou
PICTURE BY TDWSPORT.COM (click for bigger version) The decision made by the Court for Arbitration in Sport to allow Phonak into the ProTour for this and next season has, not surprisingly, been welcomed by the Swiss team. Speaking to procycling at the Tour of Qatar, new team manager John Lelangue said that "on sporting merit we should be there. The riders deserve it." Lelangue, who previously spent a decade working with Tour de France organisers ASO, was appointed by Phonak just last month and given the task of getting the team into the ProTour next season. On just his second day of race action in his new post, the Belgian manager has seen that objective achieved. He told procycling how he had heard the news from the Phonak company boss. "Andy Rihs received a fax from the CAS and telephoned me just 40 kilometres into today's stage while I was driving the team car. Then Alain Rumpf from the UCI telephoned me to say welcome to the ProTour. So I drove up to the peloton to tell the riders, who were obviously very happy. Robert Hunter was really pleased, and said that now he's going to ride all the big Classics." Lelangue can now look forward to a quick return to the Tour de France, as well as all of the other major events on the calendar. "We can put everything behind us now. We knew our arguments for getting into the ProTour were good, the past is the past. "Now, tonight, and this week, we'll have to sit down and change our race programme for the season. But we also need to concentrate on racing this week here. We'll have to cancel some of the races that we were going to attend that were part of the Continental calendar, and that will disappoint some race organisers, so maybe we'll have to respect that and still race some of them. "This is the proof of trust in the team's management. I'm currently on a one-year contract, but maybe now it will be made two. New riders? No. Paid more? No - the budget was already set for us participating in the ProTour. We've had two victories already this season: Hunter's win at the Doha GP on Saturday, and now this decision."
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