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Interesting quote from post-World's interview... (spoiler?)(3 posts)

Interesting quote from post-World's interview... (spoiler?)biknben
Oct 13, 2003 5:23 AM
Velonews published an interview with Astarloa after the World's race. In it, Astarloa offered a tidbit that proves what I've considered to be old racing folklore.

Q: Van Petegem, Bettini, Boogerd - that's quite a group to fight against in the worlds!
A: "That's true, but we didn't understand each other very well.
b Nearing the final climb, Bettini offered me money to collaborate with him. He told me we could both arrive to the finish together and fight it out for the gold. I couldn't accept this.
The main group was nearly catching us and I could see that (Bettini) was afraid of Freire of winning the bunch sprint. I also knew that Bettini was faster than me and I decided to go for it alone. I knew it would be hard against a head wind, but I had to try. Only when I arrived at the final curve did I realize the title would be mine."

I've heard of the offers of money to get rivals to work together. It was always years after the race or in riders diaries after retirement. I was surprised to see someone mentioning it right after a race. It's kinda like performance enhancing drugs. You suspect/know they are there but the riders are all hush hush about it.
In another quote he said...Dwayne Barry
Oct 13, 2003 5:47 AM
that Bettini tried to buy the race from him, which I guess given Bettini's sprint is more or less the same as buying his cooperation.
Now he's backpedalling . . .ms
Oct 13, 2003 2:06 PM
Astarloa now is claiming that there was a miscommunication; Bettini is claiming that the conversation never happened. I don't believe either of them -- that is their current stories.

I'm SHOCKED by the allegation of an offered bribe. I also believe in the tooth fairy and Santa Claus.