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"It sounds like a good initiative. In the end the best and strongest is always going to win. I think the show would not suffer but gain in intensity and it would be healthier for the riders."

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SAMUEL SANCHEZ

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06.12.2014 @ 13:16 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Samuel Sanchez has still not unveiled his sporting future after what he describe as "a very good experience" at the BMC Racing Team. In an interview with ASTURIAS24, he reflects on the current situation in cycling.

 

The International Cycling Union (UCI) is considering the possibility of reducing the length of the grand tours and Sanchez i in favour of the idea. "It sounds like a good initiative. In the end the best and strongest is always going to win. I think the show would not suffer but gain in intensity and it would be healthier for the riders," he explains.

 

At the moment, Sanchez regards it as impossible to go for the win in the Giro, the Tour and the Vuelta in the same year as proposed by Oleg Tinkov, owner of Alberto Contador's Tinkoff-Saxo. "From the experience I have as a rider, I see it as a little inhuman. It is possible to do but I would say that it is almost impossible to do it at the highest level, not only physically but also psychologically. You will be away from home, travelling from hotel to hotel, for more than 4 months in a row since doing a grand tour requires lots of preparation," the Spaniard says.

 

Sanchez has decided not to continue at the BMC team, despite what he describes as a pleasant memory. "It was a good experience at all levels. Teammates, different cultures, new languages. The negative point is that I was never on the top step of the podium with the BMC jersey," he says.

 

 

Another disappointment is his non-selection for the World Championships in Ponferrada. "Javier (Minguez, national coach) is the coach and he has the last word which I respect. The only thing that surprised is that he not even called me to give me an explanation," he says.

 

Sanchez is convinced that the lack of teams in Spain means that the country is losing its best talents. "The foundation is wrong. If there is no leading team for the kids, nobody wants to ride. I always wanted to be part of the leading team of my country which was the Clas-Cajastur," he recalls.

 

 

"In Spain it is clear that the lack of teams has a lot of impact since many talents are forced to stop riding. We just have one team at the highest level and they don't have roome for everybody," he adds. "Tax reduction would be a possible incentive for companies [to invest in cycling]."

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