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Johan Bruyneel: The PEZ Interview
Monday, June 16, 2008  10:22:53 PM PT

by Richard Pestes

 

Eight Tours, two Vueltas, and now two Giros - it’s hard not to be impressed by Johan Bruyneel’s victories as a team director. His new book is called “We Might As Well Win”, and given that record of Grand Tour triumphs, a more fitting title for his new book would be hard to think of. Early last week Johan talked candidly with PEZ about the Giro, the Tour, and World Bicycle Relief.


“We Might As Well Win” – given that record of Grand Tour triumphs, a more fitting title for his new book would be hard to think of. His recent Giro d’Italia win is his 10th Grand Tour victory – and maybe his sweetest – considering the out-right snubbing he and his Astana team received from the ASO and RCS earlier this year, denying them entry to both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.

But just days before this year’s Giro began, big boss Sr. Zomegnan changed his mind and invited Johan’s team. With both Contador and Leipheimer on the start line, this Giro’s roster got a healthy boost of quality, with some serious ‘foreign’ talent ready give the homeboys a run for their money and maintain the race’s cred beyond that of just regional playoffs – good stuff for the riders, the fans, and the Giro.