Tour de Langkawi winner and current South African road race champion Ryan Cox has had a long season, training hard since last November and winning the Malaysian event in February. He's looking forward to a break, but told Cyclingnews this morning at the Tour of Britain start village in Carlisle that he will give the world championships a go first. "It's been a long year but I'd like to ride well in Madrid. I'll take some time off after that.
"As regards next season, I'm not sure what my goals will be yet. The team [Barloworld-Valsir] are not applying for a ProTour licence for 2006, but if the current standoff between the Grand Tour organisers and the ProTour continues, we could be able to get a place in the Giro. If so, I will focus on that. We'll probably do the Tour de Langkawi either way, that is a nice race."