Bettini disappointed by Museeuw

World Champion Paolo Bettini is "disappointed" in his former teammate Johan Museeuw, who recently...

World Champion Paolo Bettini is "disappointed" in his former teammate Johan Museeuw, who recently admitted to doping in his final year as a professional, 2004. Bettini rode with the 1996 World Champion together on the Quick-Step squad and considered him a role model. The Belgian admitted not being "100 per cent honest" before retiring.

"I wanted to end my career in style, that's why I did things which were wrong," said Museeuw January 24.

"I am really disappointed in Johan, who, like [Michele] Bartoli in Italy, was a maestro for me," said the 32 year-old Italian to La Gazzetta dello Sport during a sporting ceremony in Toscana. "I have made my career and some of my best results [with him in the team].

"Museeuw has made a mistake in declaring that he doped because he wanted to end his career with important results. Honesty has to prompt a rider when is the right moment to stop; and not to create schemes," said Bettini.

Starting Saturday, January 27, Il Grillo Livornese will join his Quick-Step teammates for a training camp in Marina di Bibbona, near his hometown of La California. The camp will be the last of its kind before the Belgium-based team starts its season.

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