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26.01.2008/ Frank Vandenbroucke signed with Mitsubishi - Jartazi. The 33 year old seems to feel good after the problems he had in the past years. An interview with Frank Vandenbroucke: "I just want to be a rider again."

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Cyclingheroes: I had the feeling that you felt really well with Aqua & sapone...

Frank Vandenbroucke: Yes, I stayed for a while with the Masciarelli family and they took care of me. It was a nice year. Of course I had problems with my knee I could not ride a lot of races, but now I am riding with a new team.

Cyclingheroes: How is your knee doing at the moment?

Frank Vandenbroucke: We worked hard on it this winter, with my physiotherapist, Lieve Maesschalck and my knee is in good condition now.

Cyclingheroes: You have a kind of rollercoaster career with many highs and many lows... What are you capable of at the moment?

Frank Vandenbroucke: I came back to Belgium and live with my parents again. Psychologically and mentally I am the old vandenbroucke again. Now I have to see if I will have the same feeling on my bike at the races. During our training camp everybody said that I was very strong. I did not have that impression. Everybody said he is back but I don't want to put to much pressure on myself. W'll see how it will work out. The first races will be important and if there are no health problems I will be ready and w'll see what happens.

Cyclingheroes: Although you have had a few seasons where things did not work out very well for you, you are still very popular, some even say Vandenbroucke is a phenomenon. Do you have an explanation for that?

Frank Vandenbroucke: I think I won a few races in a way like a phenomenon does. Thats not nothing. But of course thats a long time ago and my ambition is to be able to do it again one day. Another reason could be that in a way my 'route' is unique but I am not the only person who have had a lot of problems. I was at an absolute low and maybe a lot of people see themselves in somebody like me.

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Frank Vandenbroucke during our interview ( Cyclingheroes)

Cyclingheroes: Do you already know what will be your first race this season?

Frank Vandenbroucke: Yes, my first race will be the GP Marseillaise at February 3. After that I will race the Etoile de Besseges, the Mediterranean, Hautvar and then the first Belgian weekend [Omloop Het Volk and Kuurne – Brussels – Kuurne, editor].

Cyclingheroes: With Mitsubishi as the new sponsor its actually a new team. Do you think the team will grow to something bigger and that you will play a role in that in the future?

Frank Vandenbroucke: That is of course what I am hoping for and what the team is hoping for. That we can build up something and that we will achieve something together. This team has a lot of ambition. We are Pro-Continental now [Last year the team had a continental license and rode under the name Jartazi, editor] so I think we will start at most important races. Of course you never know where you will start with the pro-Tour nowadays. But I will have to think about myself as well. I hope I can give the team a lot. I have a lot of experience. The team also has a beautiful good name: Mitsubishi is a multinational company. At the moment we are sponsored by the Belgian subsidiary but maybe it will grow. For instance to Mitsubishi Europe. The sponsor of the team is good, the team is good. They do everything to make it a beatiful year.

Cyclingheroes: You have already won a lot of races, what more do you absolutely want to accomplish in your career?

Frank Vandenboucke: Maybe people think its a lack of ambition but I just want to be a rider again. In the last three or four years where not good at all. My last good season was in 2003... 2004. I was second at the 2003 Tour of Flanders and I was good when I was with Fassa Bortolo. I want to reach that level again. A protagonist in the final of a big race and if you are riding on that level you can always win. But first and most of all I want to reach a level that I can ride on a reasonable level again and if I can do that I will be happy.

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Frank Vandenbroucke
 
Birthdate: November 11, 1974
Place of birth: Moeskroen, Belgium
Height 1.79 mtr.
Weight: 67 kg.
Turned pro: 1994
 
Teams
 
1993 - 1994 Lotto-Caloi
1995           Lotto Isoglass (until 31.03)
1995 - 1997 Mapei - GB (from 01.04)
1998           Mapei - Bricobi
1999 - 2000 Cofidis
2001           Lampre - Daikin (until 31.05)
2002           Domo - Farm Frites
2003           Quickstep - Davitamon
2004           Fassa Bortolo (until 12.08)
2004           Mr. Bookmaker.com - Palmans (from 13.08)
2005           Mr. bookmaker.com - SportsTech
2006           Unibet.com (until 18.07)
2006           Aqua et Sapone (from 28.08)
2007           Aqua et Sapone
2008           Mitsubishi - Jartazi
 
Palmares
 
1994
 
Stage 6 Tour de Mediterraneen
 
1995
 
GP Cholet - Pays de la Loire
Stage 1 Tour de Luxembourg
Paris - Brussels
 
1996
 
Binche - Tournai - Binche
GP Quest France
Schelde prijs Vlaanderen
Stage 5 Tour de Mediterraneen
Overall Tour de Mediterraneen
Trofeo Laigueglia
Prologue Tour of Austria
Stage 3 Tour of Austria
Stage 6 Tour of Austria
Stage 8 Tour of Austria
Stage 9 Tour of Austria
Overall Tour of Austria
Prologue Tour de region de la Wallonne
Stage 2 Tour de region de la Wallonne
Stage 5 Tour de region de la Wallonne
 
1997
 
Trofeo Matteotti
Rund um Kln
Stage 2 Tour of Austria
Stage 4 Tour of Austria
Stage 8 Tour of Austria
Stage 4 Tour de Luxembourg
Overall Tour de Luxembourg
 
1998
 
Prueba Villafranca de la Ordizia
Gent - Wevelgem
Stage 1 Paris - Nice
Stage 5 Paris - Nice
Overall Paris - Nice
Stage 4 Vuelta a Galega
Overall Vuelta a Galega
Stage 3 Tour de la Region Wallonne
Stage 6 Tour de la Region Wallonne
Overall Tour de la Region Wallonne
Stage 4 Volta a Galicia
Overall Volta a Galicia
 
1999
 
GP d'Ouverture
Stage 4 Vuelta a Andalucia
Omloop Het Volk
Stage 7 Paris - Nice
Lige - Bastogne - Lige
Stage 3b Dreidaagse van De Panne
Stage 16 Vuelta a Espana
Stage 19 Vuelta a Espana

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