By Brecht Decaluwé
The non-selection of Unibet.com for the 2007 Tour de France didn't come as a surprise as the Swedish ProTour team has been a plaything in the ongoing battle between the ASO and the UCI. Cyclingnews talked with team manager Koen Terryn. The Belgian was clearly disappointed by the Tour de France snub.
"We're heavily disappointed by the news, but of course we could see the storm clouds were gathering. Nevertheless it's painful when you're confronted with the facts," Terryn said. "We won the mountains classification in Catalunya with Luis Pasamontes and we felt there was still a remote possibility for us. Apparently yesterday's meeting I had in Paris with Patrice Clerc didn't affect our chances." The Unibet manager didn't want to draw any conclusions regarding the longevity of the team now that the sponsor won't be spotted in the most important race of the season.
"After the Giro snub, we were wounded, and I guess that now we are going into a coma," Terryn finished.