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Lefevere not happy with De Cauwer

By:
Sabine Sunderland
Published:
September 08, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 0:10 BST
Edition:
Cycling News Extra for September 8, 2005

QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere, in favour of a direct approach, told Het Nieuwsblad that he is...

QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere, in favour of a direct approach, told Het Nieuwsblad that he is not happy with the decision of national coach to keep everyone in the dark about the selection for the World Championships.

"We still don't know if our staff should remain in Spain with the team truck after the Vuelta finishes," an annoyed Lefevere lashed out. "De Cauwer is taking care of his own PR and plays some fine cinema but he doesn't communicate at all with Tom Boonen, supposedly his team leader for the World's, nor with me. In fact he doesn't ask us anything.

"Maybe it is because Davitamon is sponsoring the Belgian National Federation? In Overijse I had to run after him to get a couple of minutes of his time. After that I haven't heard boo yet. I'm disappointed about that."

Lefevere has got a different opinion on who should be selected for the team: "De Cauwer needs five men from our team; Boonen has to have the right people to prepare the sprint for him: Verbrugghe, Cretskens, Hulsmans and De Weert... who else can do that? A Gilbert, Wauters, or a good Van Petegem..."

"I'm in the midst of organising the last practical details," was De Cauwer's reaction. "We've already talked about the selection: Lefevere wants five QuickStep guys. We agreed on four of them."

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