Erik Zabel finished second again on Sunday. This was probably his last real shot at wearing the rainbow jersey. I feel for him. No one works harder for longer than Erik. You see him pushing from February until October. It seems this guy never takes a break!
When I see riders like Erik, my second thought is usually for his family. We watched his son grow up on the podium when Erik was a staple in the green jersey. Sure he gets paid a fair amount but at what cost? How many days is he on the road? How many days does he hold his son on his shoulders in the back yard?
Therefore, when I read this, I nearly dropped out of my chair.
“I had the dream of becoming World Champion, and promised my son: If I get the title, then it’s your turn. I will have more time for you. I couldn’t have imagined to keep on riding. But now I will fulfil my contract through 2008”
Erik! I hope those are just words of a frustrated man immediatly post race. I also hope your son did not see/hear these words for the first time from the sports section of the local paper.
Call him. Now.