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Date Posted: 02:41:09 09/01/04 Wed
Author: chris t
Subject: kirsipuu on the move

Jaan Kirsipuu, the Estonian of the 2000 watts output, is on the move. The Management at AG2R could not come to terms, which is surprising, because Jaan has always pledged loyalty and had such a fine career with Casino (the same team's first sponsor) and AG2R.

Mcewen has always rated him as his toughest foe, and I do wonder what results he could have attained if he was "French". Read: come from a cycling nation, and had the resources and support around him on the road like Zabel and Cipollini. His palmares is highlighted by the 4 TDF stage wins, though this seems like an underachievement for someone of his class. He has always been hindered by the first mountain stages. The record is indicative of riding against Zabel Cippolini and Steels in their prime.

He was prominent in the Spring Classics and he may just breakthrough with a Gent or Roubaix win in 2005 (he window has opened though marginal time remains). He has dominated the one-day Cup de France racing for almost a decade, and he has found increased strength in the last years after coming off a broken leg early 2002.

I think Jaan would be a good at Cofidis, where they have Ogrady, Casper, and fellow Estonian Janek Tombak for the sprints. They are all capable riders, yet none have the bunch sprinting prowess and would be good support for Kirsipuu in the bunch kicks. Ogrady could captain the one-days races and Kirsipuu could be secondary leader in the flat classics. Cofidis definitely need some more headliners after losing Astarloa and Millar.

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