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Must Reads: Saíz on the comeback trail, Lange retires

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Mar. 11, 2011
  • Updated Mar. 11, 2011 at 11:58 AM EST

Europa Press: Saíz continues with comeback talks

Controversial sport director Manolo Saíz continues to plot a comeback to cycling’s elite level, telling Europa Press in a radio interview he wants to mount a comeback: “People say to me, ‘how will you be welcomed back by your colleagues?’ I can guarantee you that all of them will look away. Because they know that I know a lot of them, and they know that they haven’t been fair with me. Be assured that it will be me who looks them in the eye, not them.

Cyclingnews.co.za: Lange to retire

One of South Africa’s most durable pros, Malcolm Lange, will retire on Sunday. Cyclingnews.co.za reports that Lange, who is the owner of Team Bonitas Medscheme, a South African-based, internationally registered professional team, will shift his focus to building his team and sports management business, Lange Sports, which he co-owns with his wife Jackie. Lange retreated back to South Africa after being scared off at what he saw in Europe in the mid-1990s: “It was in 1996, my first year as a professional on a Belgian squad, that I realized that in Europe at that time, no matter how much talent or natural desire you had for success, if you didn’t find a good doctor, you were unlikely to find a podium. Some may think this is an excuse for not making it big in Europe, but it’s true and it’s being revealed more and more in the media these days. I opted to rather race honestly in South Africa than dishonestly there.

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