Saunier Duval's Joxean Fernández Matxin : "It won't be easy."

Special Coverage Vuelta Espana 2008
Saul's corner
Race reports
Peloton TV
Picture gallery
Other stories
Riders diaries
Live coverage
Cyclingheroes Forum
Book reviews
Special Coverage
Hall of Fame
Cyclingheroes shop
Race calender
Cyclinheroes Flash-news archive

13.01.2008/ On january 8 Saunier Duval-Scott started their training camp, which will end today. The Spanish team prepares for the new season in Granada. With 29 wins Saunie had a very succesfull season, at yesterdays team presentation team manager Joxean Fernández Matxin  admitted "it won't be easy" to top the 29 wins.

© Heinz Zwicky
Ricardo Ricco won stage 15 at the 2007 Giro (© Heinz Zwicky)

The Saunier Duval - Scott team began their pre-season preparation on january 8, on a misty, cold morning. The squad will stay in Granada until today. After they arrived at the Andalusian town they trained together on the first morning for five and a half hours. All 27 riders -including paralympic champion Javier Otxoa- were part of the training session. They rode over 170 kilometres along Granada´s roads, and climbed 25 kilometres up the Mirador de la Cabra Montés mountain pass. Only Alberto Fernández de la Puebla didn´t finish the course as a result of a pain in his right vastum muscle, which he´s been battling in the past weeks.

The yellow team continued to train at the following days to get ready to take part in the demanding initial races of the 2008 season, starting in late January. They´ll compete at the Tour Down Under (Australia, 20-27 January), Tour de San Luis (Argentina, 22-27 January), and Tour of Qatar (Qatar, 27 January-2 February). During the training camp the doctors, biomechanics experts and coaches performed different tests with the riders.

Yesterday Saunier Duval - Scott presented their team for this season at the M.A. Nazaríes Hotel, Granada. The yellow squad put on their best clothes to attend an original ceremony hosted by Vuelta Ciclista a España commentator Juan Mari Guajardo. Several unexpected things happened during the gala; for instance, paralympic champion Javier Otxoa appeared wearing an especially designed jersey. Also, the new riders for this season -Italians Capecchi (ex Liquigas) and Capelli (ex Unidelta amateur); Frenchmen Passeron (from Acqua & Sapone) and Flahaut (ex Jartazi), and Spaniards Jufré (from Predictor-Lotto), Intxausti (from Nicolás Mateos), and Héctor González (Saunier Duval amateur)- were wearing the team´s new jersey.

Saunier Duval finished 2007 as the sixth best team of the UCI ProTour ranking, after an outstanding season in which they took 29 victories. For the new season, the team have changed several members, clearly favouring young guns. This makes Saunier Duval - Scott the second youngest ProTour team, with nine riders under 24. The yellow squad will have 276 competition days in 2008.

Team manager Joxean Fernández Matxin appeared optimistic when he spoke about the upcoming season. After a remark that it wouldn't be easy to repeat the succesful 200 season Joxean Fernández Matxin said: "You´re right, it won't be easy because to achieve 29 wins as we did in 2007 means we´ll have to work very hard. Moreover, it´ll be difficult for us as we´ve signed younger riders, nine of them are under 24."

Obeservers expect less victories for Saunier Duval - Scott. Saunier's team manager said: "That seems to be the logical consequence; however, I really believe our team is better than the 2007 squad, with fewer big names but stronger as a group. We´ve lost important men like Millar, Simoni or Ventoso, granted, but we´ll have a more cohesive group. Above all, we´ll have to boost our young guns´ confidence. Otherwise, they´d feel overshadowed by the leaders. I am sure, this team includes some of tomorrow´s cycling stars."

Asked which races will be key races for the team, Fernández Matxin said: "All of them. We´ll have a couple of riders fighting for victory in each race, starting with the Tour Down Under (Australia), the Tour de San Luis (Argentina), and the Tour of Qatar, our first events of the season, beginning in ten days. Of course the focus will be on the grand tours. Although it may seem that our chances are slim because we don´t have a clear leader, I trust Gómez Marchante and Cobo for the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España; Piepoli, of course, for the Vuelta and the Giro d´Italia; and especially Riccò for the Giro.

Join our forum and discuss the Saunier Duval - Scott professional cycling team.

Read also:

Other stories

Saunier Duval roster 2008
Alarcón, Raúl
Belohvosciks, Raivis
Benítez, José Alberto
Bertogliati, Rubens
Camano, Iker
Canada, David
Capecchi, Eros *
Capelli, Ermanno *
Cobo, Juanjo
De La Fuente, David
Del nero, Jesús
Durán, Arkaitz
Fernández, Alberto
Flahaut, Denis *
Gómez, Ángel ‘Litu’
Gómez Marchante, J. A.
González, Héctor *
Intxausti, Beñat *
Jufré, Josep *
Lobato, Rubén
Megias, Javier
Mori, Manuele
Pagliarini, Luciano
Passeron, Aurelien *
Piepoli, Leonardo
Riccò, Riccardo

* New signings

Link: New Cyclingheroes Website

Custom Search

By clicking to an outside link from our website, you automatically release us from any and all liability. Cyclingheroes has no control over the content of outside links, or sites linked from there, nor do we endorse anything that may be of a illegal and/or vulgar nature. Cyclingheroes provides outside links only as a free service to our readers.