LefévŠre despairs of VDB

News of Frank Vandenbroucke's latest troubles have been greeted with despair by the enfant terrible'

News of Frank Vandenbroucke's latest troubles have been greeted with despair by the enfant terrible'
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Quick Step-Davitamon boss Patrick Lefvre has today spoken of his sadness at learning of the latest misadventures of his former proteg Frank Vandenbroucke. Contacted procycling on Tuesday afternoon, Lefvre, who managed "VDB" at Mapei from 1996 to 1998, at Domo in 2002 and Quick Step in 2003, said that he had heard about the alleged shooting incident at Vandenbroucke's home in Nieuwkerke, near Ypres, on the radio. "I know as much as anyone else: just what they said on the radio and in the newspapers this morning," said Lefvre. "I was pretty upset. This time last year Frank was still with us at Quick Step. Our agreement broke down because he didn't listen to any advice you tried to give him. They said the same about Pantani? I know. Now I just hope that Frank is forced to get help. "I'm no psychologist, so I don't know what is wrong with him," Lefvre continued. "One minute Frank was fine, the next minute everything was black. It seemed that he was back on track at the Spring Classics this year, but clearly old habits die hard. I can't explain it. He is the biggest waste of talent I have ever known. Now I, like everyone else, can only hope that he recovers as a person, more than as a sportsman."
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