With a new World Champion in its ranks, Tom Boonen, and successful selector José de Cauwer announcing he was quitting the position, Belgium is searching for its next national cycling coach. One possible successor to De Cauwer is Walter Godefroot, currently team manager with T-Mobile - but the Belgian has announced retirement a few months ago and would be theoretically be available.
"Never say never," Godefroot told Belgian media. "You know that I've been national coach before? In 1982, during three months, for Women and Juniors," the 62 year-old said, also saying that he will take things easy for a few months after his last race with T-Mobile (probably Paris-Tours). "And then? I'll probably need a new challenge," the Belgian added.
"But the person that will become national coach shouldn't think that it's a end-of-career job. Am I able to cope with the stress, critics and pressure? I've been working for a top team in Germany all these years, so I know what critics are like nobody else," Godefroot concluded.