|Julich: It's Gonna Be Exciting
After a string of fine performances during the Challenge Illes Balears, Team CSC's Bobby Julich is now getting ready for the Tour M�diterran�en, which begins on Wednesday, February 11th.
�Tour Med has always been an important race,� says Julich. �For many riders it's the first 'real' race of the year, and on a personal note, I've previously done well in the Tour Med. I think there's a great chance we could start off with a big result for the team, especially after we really got our time-trial bikes together and practiced the technique at the training camp in Lucca.�
The final and probably decisive stage of the Tour Mediterran�en is a team time-trial - and then again, maybe not.
�Well, I guess the first 30 kilometers will be a team time-trial and then it will be an individual time-trial for the last 5 kilometers,� says the US-rider, trying to describe the very special kind of �team time-trial� which takes the riders up Mont Faron on the final kilometers.
Usually it's the fifth rider of the team, who sets the time for all riders. In this case, however, each rider will get his individual time, but still have the possibility of getting help along the way by his team mates.
�It's gonna be exciting. Usually when things like this come up, people tend to think it's no good. But who knows? Perhaps this is the future of racing,� says Julich. �One thing is for sure, it's the same for everyone, and I believe a very organized team will have the best chances in this particular discipline.�