Bobby Julich talks about the new lease of life he has had at CSC and about his regrets at not findin
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM United States cycling’s man of the moment following Lance Armstrong’s early exit from Paris-Nice, Bobby Julich has hinted that it was he – and not Armstrong – who could have begun America’s domination of the Tour in 1999. Julich was speaking in Rognes ahead of stage 5 of the “Race to the Sun”. Ominously poised in third place on general classification, 20 seconds adrift of leader Fabian Cancellara, Julich made no secret of his ambitions for today’s stage to Mont Faron and the remainder of the race. “Mont Faron isn’t exactly my kind of climb, but I want the jersey, make no mistake,” he said. Julich then went on to speak about the new lease of life he has found at CSC. “I am so happy at CSC. I have finally found the team I have been looking for since 1998,” he said. “Ivan Basso said to me that if I had found this team a few years ago I would definitely have won at least one Tour de France by now. Coming from him, that’s a big accolade.” On this team, we always ride to come first,” continued Julich, who gained 300 places in the UCI rankings in 2004, his first season with CSC. “Winning this race, Paris-Nice, has always been a dream of mine. My base in Europe has always been Nice, and this was the first race I rode as a neo-pro in 1995. I feel great coming into this season; I have trained really well at altitude at home in the States. I couldn’t be happier.” Julich went on to outline his race programme for the coming weeks and months, the culmination of which is the Tour de France in July. The former Cofidis, Crdit Agricole and Telekom rider will hone his fitness at the Criterium International, Tour of the Basque Country, Tour of Georgia, Dauphin Libr and Eindhoven team time trial before fulfilling the role of ‘domestique de luxe’ to Ivan Basso and Carlos Sastre at the Grande Boucle.