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Hushovd ranks himself fourth best sprinter in world, more homegrown criticism for Jan and T-Mobile,

Hushovd ranks himself fourth best sprinter in world, more homegrown criticism for Jan and T-Mobile,



Hushovd: people at home are not pleased
With the sprinters now taking a back seat in the action, it’s time to take stock for the fast and furious, and for Norweigan Thor Hushovd the first week of the Tour hasn’t quite turned out the way he hoped. “I don’t think people at home are pleased. They expect me to win. I’ve set myself high goals of winning both stages and the green jersey. When I don’t, it may seem a bit ridiculous, but at the same time I can’t lie,” Hushovd tells Norweigan newspaper Dagbladet.

Hushovd admits that this time he’s been up against more than his match in Tom Boonen and Robbie McEwen. “They’re the best in the world together with Alessandro Petacchi. I’m among the five best, maybe number four. Still, I believe I can take the green jersey because it’s not about being the best on some stages but about gathering points throughout the Tour,” says the Crdit Agricole rider.

More slagging of Ullrich and co
Hardly has the dust from Rudi Altig’s criticism of Jan Ullrich settled before another former rider, double Tour-stage winner Rolf Wolfshohl, picks up the gauntlet and widens the criticism to include Ullrich’s entourage, calling them bunglers.

According to Wolfshohl Rudy Pevenage gives Jan too much rope leaving the rider to take the easy way out. “He trains and trains but what he needs is racing to reach top form.” The team management, says Wolfshohl, should give Ullrich more guidelines and keep a much tighter rein on him.

Also, adds Wolfshohl, it was a big mistake to let him start as the last of the T-Mobile riders in the first stage, allowing him to be ridiculed by Armstrong, when he overtook the German. The 66 year old finally suggests that Ullrich take team-mate Alexandre Vinokourov as a role model. “He has heart and character. He showed that with his attack on stage six to Nancy. He was eager to attack, something Ullrich has never been,” Wolfshohl tells


Bookmaker job for Swede
Swedish champion Jonas Ljungblad will join Belgian team and team manager Hilaire van der Scheuren next season. Magnus Bckstedt also began his professional career with Van der Scheuren.