Furlan gives Lampre a Tour boost

Lampre had a relatively quiet Giro d'Italia but Angelo Furlan has given them reason to celebrate with a stage win at the Dauphiné ahead of Tom Boonen. "We've had difficult moments at the Giro but the team has maintained good morale and we've continued to believe that we could win races," said Furlan.

The Italian added that he has learnt patience through his two years experience in France with Crédit Agricole. "I've often said that team saved 10 years of my life because as a sprinter I learnt a new way of riding my bike", he underlined. "The manager [Roger Legeay] was always quiet and the riders were well respected. Their attitude changed my way of thinking. My approach to the sport has become much more relaxed. Crédit Agricole was my dream team."

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