Coucke impressed

Omega Pharma boss Marc Coucke, sponsor of Davitamon-Lotto, has given the team lavish praise in his column on the Davitamon-Lotto website. Star sprinter Robbie McEwen's three stage wins have been quite noticeable of course, but there are a few other riders who have caught Coucke's attention. "Then came the mountains, and again there were a lot of orange shirts to be seen at the front," wrote Coucke. "When we negotiated our co-operation with co-sponsor Brustor at the end of 2004, we offered them publicity on the back of the shorts. We argued that this would offer enormous visibility during the mountain stages. They wondered if the riders would still be in the picture. I feel that Brustor is happy about following our suggestion...

"Especially the achievement of Wim Van Huffel today [Thursday] is noteworthy. Before the season I had asked all team directors which young rider would progress most, and Herman [Frison] surprised me with the prediction: Van Huffel.

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