I must admit that I have felt like shit in the last few days. I have been hit by a common cold and have little energy. It may not be the best end of this year or the best start of 2013, but hey, I can't complain.
2012 has been crazy. It has happened so much, and most of the things I can not even talk about. Some things I can't talk about because they are sensitive to other people around me, other things because I am not ready to speak about them. But I can at least say that the year has been full of ups and downs.
The next year will hopefully to continue to go my way. The last three New Years eve's I have been mentally abused. It's probably a good idea to do nothing tonight and instead wake up happy the next day - and not wonder why the hell I am still alive.
Vincenzo Nibali will be moving to Astana in 2013, which means Ivan Basso will be the team captain at Team Cannondale for stage races. He will target victory at the 2013 Giro d'Italia, which means former team mate Nibali will become one his biggest rivals.
"Nibali is a big loss because he's the Italian rider that can guarantee the best results for Italy in stage races. Now he's my number one rival. No problem, I know how to deal with it," Basso said.
Basso seems to enjoy the Cannondale team and he says he doesn't feel like leaving.
"[...] I've always had faith in this group of people. I don’t like to change teams often, " he said. "This team has its own soul and identity that I think I've contributed to. It feels like a tailor-made suit for me. The sponsor has changed but the team spirit is the same."
Former Canadian road champion Will Routley has signed with the Belgian Pro Continental team Accent.Jobs-Wanty. The rider earlier thought he would race for the Spidertech squad next year, but the team has since announced that it wouldn't have a team in 2013.
Routley joins Davy Commeyne (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony), Jans Roy (An Post Sean Kelly) and sprinter Danilo Napolitano (Acqua e Sapone). Former trainees Benjamin Verraes and Tim De Troyer are also new in the team.
Routley was Canadian champion in 2010, but has also taken second place in the 2011 Tro-Bro Léon and third on a stage of the Ruta del Sol this year. He finished ninth overall in the Tour of Turkey.