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We don’t have good sprinters, says Maertens
BY Rajesh D’Silva February 07, 2014
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Dubai: Philippe Maertens, Press officer of Team Katusha was more inclined about his team sticking to their strengths rather than attempting the impossible at the Dubai Tour.

“We don’t have sprinters in this tour. Let’s be realistic, we do not have a rider to compete against Mark Cavendish,” said Maertens.

Maertens, earlier with Radioshack, joined Katusha with 20-years of cycling experience.

“We have the bare minimum equipment here, normally we go with a bus, it’s a kind of a house for us equipped with eight washing machines, eight cycles , 24 spares cycles. In case we have a problem, we can fix it. We don’t come here with 20 new wheels, it’s too much to transport and it is the same for all teams.

“This looks like a camping place for us. Two weeks we were in Argentina, it’s the same .

“We can’t take lot of things. We take cycles on top of the car, I heard there is a problem with the wind with the bikes on the car but there are solutions,” said Maertens.

Team Katusha’s Joaquin Rodriguez Fabian is a favourite for the Dubai Tour but Maertens thought otherwise.

Rodriguez did not participate in Giro d’Italia last year, he can win those races, he is a real climber, he is bad in sprint in the time trial. In Tour de France, he is sure to crash but in Giro there are a lot of mountains so he has a pretty good chance,” informed Maertens.

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