Casero denies that he’s said he’s retiring, Tonkov confirms that he is bowing out, and Petacchi anno
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Comunitat Valenciana’s Angel Casero has denied reports in yesterday’s Spanish papers that he has decided to retire. Speaking to Marca, the former Vuelta winner said that he has “the desire and the form to continue for another season”, and added that he has no intention of hanging up his wheels at the end of this season.
“I’d just got home from a trip away this morning and people began to call me to say this information [about me retiring] had come out from sources in the team, but I’ve not said anything about it to anyone,” said Casero, 33. “I want to retire in my own time and not for someone else to make the decision for me. I would like to leave the sport in a successful way by winning a small race or a stage somewhere.”
– One major tour-winning veteran who is definitely bowing out of the sport is 1996 Giro winner Pavel Tonkov. The 36-year-old Russian who won seven stages at the Giro has said that he will remain in the sport to pass on his experience to younger riders.
In a letter to cycling fans on his website (www.paveltonkov.org) the Russian said: “I have had a long and beautiful career on the bike. It has been very satisfying and I am grateful to cycling for all that it has brought me. I want to leave my place for the young riders who are coming through. Thank you to everyone. I am only saying au revoir, not a final goodbye.”
– Alessandro Petacchi has revealed that his main objective for next season will be the Tour of Flanders. The Italian sprinter who has joined the new Milram team was speaking at an end-of-season dinner in the Italian town of Conegliano, where a number of other big names were also present, including Ivan Basso, Paolo Savoldelli and Roberto Heras. The Italian has previously said that he will be working for new team-mate Erik Zabel at Milan-San Remo, the Classic that Petacchi won for the first time this season.