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Steven Gerrard: My Liverpool and England team-mates are always ribbing me for my dress sense

Gerrard: My team-mates from London and abroad are always ribbing me for my dress sense

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Vaz Sayed

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11:33 GMT, 22 February 2013

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UPDATED:

12:05 GMT, 22 February 2013

It seems captaining club and country doesn't exclude Steven Gerrard from a bit of friendly ribbing from team-mates.

The Liverpool skipper has revealed he and old friend Jamie Carragher are often made fun of for their fashion sense.

Gerrard told players from London and abroad like to poke fun at the 'Scouse style', while Carragher conceded the two of them have been responsible for some 'rascal' gear.

Shell shock: Steven Gerrard (centre) has revealed his teammates make fun of his clothes

Shell shock: Steven Gerrard (centre) has revealed his teammates make fun of his clothes

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard shows his dejection during the UEFA Europa League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

Jamie Carragher during the Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Liverpool and Zenit St Petersburg

(Above) Stephen Gerrard (left) and Jamie Carragher (right) in action for Liverpool in the Europa League, it was Carragher's last European game for the club. The pair in training (below)

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher during a training session at Melwood Training Ground, Liverpool.

Suited and booted: (left to right) Jonjo Shelvey, Jay Spearing and Steven Gerrard before the FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Liverpool which the Blues won 2-1

Suited and booted: (left to right) Jonjo Shelvey, Jay Spearing and Steven Gerrard before the FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Liverpool which the Blues won 2-1

In a joint interview with Four Four Two magazine Carragher said: 'You've had some real rascal gear haven't you'

Gerrard said: 'I think we're both guilty of wearing some rascal gear over the past 14 or 15 years. We try to keep our feet on the ground and stick to what other Scousers are wearing. We don't want to change too much.

'The London lads and foreign lads don't appreciate the Scouse dress sense, so we've developed some thick skin from the stick we've taken!'

Scousers have had the mickey taken out of their fashion sense for years after they became notorious for wearing shell-suits and white trainers.

Trend setter: Liverpool legend John Alrridge in his Tranmere days

Trend setter: Liverpool legend John Alrridge in his Tranmere days

Infamous: Liverpool wore white suits to the 1996 FA Cup final, they lost 1-0 to Mancheter United

Infamous: Liverpool wore white suits to the 1996 FA Cup final, they lost 1-0 to Mancheter United

Outside influences: Liverpool's foreign players like Daniel Agger (right) often mock the local stars for their clothes

Outside influences: Liverpool's foreign players like Daniel Agger (right) often mock the local stars for their clothes

And their WAGs haven't escaped criticism either with their Scouse-brows, going out in public with hair curlers in and even led to the Liverpool Fashion Show from banning the 'Scouse look' last year.

A source said: 'It's fair to say both Steven and Jamie have had some fashion howlers over the years.

'When Steven was younger he tried to keep up with emerging fashions more but he ended up with some huge fashion disasters.

'Over the years he's taken a bit of stick so him and Jamie now stick to a more conventional dress which ties in with what a lot of the Scousers are wearing.

'But that has also led to a lot of mickey taking because their more stylish team mates tell them that they haven't got a clue about clothes. They'll never be able to pull off what the likes of David Beckham and Mario Balotelli can get away with.'

At your side: The pair have been loyal servants to the club and are adored by the Kop fans

At your side: The pair have been loyal servants to the club and are adored by the Kop fans

No Milan move for Balotelli or Beckham as Rossoneri eye Kaka return

No Milan move for Balotelli or Beckham as Rossoneri eye Kaka return

By
Peter Scott

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18:42 GMT, 19 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:42 GMT, 19 January 2013

AC Milan coach Massmiliano Allegri has insisted his club are not interested in signing Manchester City
striker Mario Balotelli or free agent David Beckham.

The Rossoneri have been heavily linked with Manchester City striker Balotelli, who came to prominence at Milan rivals Inter.

His fractious relationship with Blues boss Roberto Mancini has led to speculation that he will return to Italy.

Fractious: Mario Balotelli (right) has not always enjoyed a good relationship with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini

Fractious: Mario Balotelli (right) has not always enjoyed a good relationship with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini

Beckham meanwhile, is without a club after leaving LA Galaxy, and enjoyed a successful loan spell with Milan in 2009.

But Allegri insisted there will be no move for either player.

'[We are] only negotiating for Kaka, so there will be no Mario Balotelli or David Beckham,' he said.

'There are talks in progress for Kaka, an important negotiation process if this great return should occur. I agree with the club and Adriano Galliani on everything, so there has never been my position opposed to that of the club. There is an exchange of ideas, certainly, but it's not true that I don't want Kaka.

Heady days: David Beckham and Kaka (right) when both played for AC Milan

Heady days: David Beckham and Kaka (right) when both played for AC Milan

'Beckham I know Beckham, he is a great guy and a player of real class. However, you can't wipe out his birth certificate and Milan have chosen to focus on youth hopefully with support from an important champion like Kaka.

'Balotelli We are only negotiating for Kaka. In attack we have Giampaolo Pazzini, Bojan Krkic and M'Baye Niang, while we also have experienced players who bring a sense of security.'

Manchester United Onesie – would you wear this to Old Trafford?

There's only ONESIE team in Manchester – but would you wear this to Old Trafford

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10:55 GMT, 27 November 2012

Can you imagine sporting this down at Old Trafford

The stars of Manchester United are generally thought to have a keen fashion sense and expensive taste in clothes.

But if they want to stay warm this winter, they could invest in something a little less costly and a lot more cosy, like this Manchester United Onesie, on sale online from 24Studio.

Dressed for success: The Manchester United Onesie

Cosy The Manchester United Onesie

Fashion meets football: The Manchester United Onesie is on sale in time for Christmas

With sizes available for all ages, the entire Rooney clan could spend their Christmas holidays in these stylish numbers, which can be personalised with up to 11 letters on the back.

Some members of the United squad have been known for their more flamboyant fashion decisions. Who could forget Rio Ferdinand's denim hotpants

So it's not too hard to imagine them setting a trend with this particular garment, which costs 19.99 for adult sizes.

It is, however, unlikely that this will appeal to Sir Alex Ferguson's more conservative dress sense. A suit and tie and perhaps on occasion a questionable polo neck is more the Scot's look.

West Ham picture special: Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Carlton Cole model new club suit

Dressed to impress: Big Sam's Hammers undergo a makeover ahead of Spurs clash

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16:56 GMT, 21 November 2012

While Sam Allardyce's brand of football has never been deemed the most fashionable, Barclays Premier League new boys West Ham have looked the part on the pitch so far this season.

And now they look the business off it after the Hammers boss rounded up his high-flying squad to get fitted for the club's new bespoke suits ahead of Sunday's London derby against Spurs.

After coming from behind to secure a hard-earned point against Stoke on Monday night, the Hammers head to White Hart Lane brimming with confidence.

Suited and booted: West Ham are looking sharp as part of the club's new tie-in with Savile Row tailors Apsley

Suited and booted: West Ham are looking sharp as part of the club's new tie-in with Savile Row tailors Apsley

Seventh in the table and two points above Andre Villas-Boas' side, Allardyce is hopeful that his side can end their 13-year-old hoodoo across the capital and celebrate the club's first victory at Tottenham since 1999.

Three points could potentially see the East Enders leapfrog Arsenal and Everton into fifth place this weekend.

Such a lofty position would certainly increase Allardyce's standing among the elite bosses in the country.

Dapper: Andy Carroll will hope his new suit can inspire him to grace the scoresheet on Sunday

Looking good: Allardyce runs over the designs with the tailor

Looking good: Andy Carroll looks sharp as manager Sam Allardyce looks over at the designs

The 58-year-old joked last month that he'd be managing one of the top four clubs by now had his name been Allardici.

Even Carlton Cole admits Big Sam is not up there with the Mancinis of the world… although the Hammers striker is talking about his manager's dress sense!

Allardyce does not feature in the running for the best dressed manager in the league, according to the one-time England international.

Making a Mark: Noble checks out his new threads

Making a Mark: Noble checks out his new threads

'I'd say [Roberto] Mancini is well up there – he's got great fashion sense,' said Cole, speaking to GQ Online at the launch of the club's new partnership with Savile Row tailors, Apsley.

'Alan Pardew and Andre Villas-Boas are definitely up there too.

'I've seen our manager come in with a few outfits… he does make an effort, and I'm quite surprised sometimes, but he's not up there with the Mancinis of the world!

'I've seen him wear a few pairs of jeans that are suspect.'

Tall order: Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen gets measured up for his suit

Tall order: Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen gets measured up for his suit

Roberto Mancini wears David Platt mask

Is that you, David Mancini arrives at City training in disguise as No 2 Platt

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11:14 GMT, 16 November 2012

Roberto Mancini may be under pressure at Manchester City… but he proved he's keeping his sense of humour today.

The City boss arrived at his morning press conference wearing a David Platt mask to the amusement of the assembled press.

Platt has done many of Mancini's planned interviews in recent weeks – to the frustration of the media – so perhaps the Italian was enjoying a little joke at their expense.

Is that you, David Roberto Manncini arrived at Manchester City training wearing a David Platt mask

Is that you, David Roberto Manncini arrived at Manchester City training wearing a David Platt mask

Is that you, David Roberto Manncini arrived at Manchester City training wearing a David Platt mask

Is that you, David Roberto Manncini arrived at Manchester City training wearing a David Platt mask

Right hand man: Platt has been by Mancini's side throughout his tenure at Manchester City

Right hand man: Platt has been by Mancini's side throughout his tenure at Manchester City

And explaining the stunt, the Italianjoked : 'Do you prefer David or me

'People have been asking about my mood and if I have been upset.
But I had a meeting last week and that was the only reason I didn't come
to the press conference.'

When the press conference turned to more serious matters, Mancini was quick to defend under-fire goalkeeper Joe Hart.

The England stopper endured a miserable midweek trip to Sweden, when he conceded four times, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic's breathtaking acrobatic effort in stoppage time.

But Mancini threw his full support behind his No 1.

'Joe Hart can make mistakes, that is normal for any keeper,' the City boss said.

'And if you make a mistake, you can end up conceding a goal and losing a game.

'This is the life of a keeper, but he is a top performer and I think Ibrahimovic can score against every keeper in the world.

'He is one of the top five strikers in the world. For me, his best goal was the second one but the fourth was incredible.

'Joe is mentally strong and will be OK. Keepers have to be very strong and very strange and Joe is both. All 'keepers are strange to my mind.'

With Hart's position assured, Mancini
explained the exclusion from the last Premier League outing of one of
his other high-profile stars, Mario Balotelli.

Feeling the heat: Joe Hart had a night to forget in Stockholm, when he conceded four goals

Feeling the heat: Joe Hart had a night to forget in Stockholm, when he conceded four goals

The striker was omitted from the matchday squad for last weekend's win over Tottenham, and his manager revealed a poor work ethic in the build up to the game had been to blame.

Mancini explained: 'Mario did not play because that was my choice. We have 20 players to pick from and when any player does not work as well as he should, he does not deserve to play. Mario is like any other player in that respect.

Missing out: Mario Balotelli was axed from City's squad for the Premier League win over Tottenham

Missing out: Mario Balotelli was axed from City's squad for the Premier League win over Tottenham

'It was not a punishment, but other players were working better than Mario. They deserve to be obnt he bench more than him.

'Some
people have said we are like a married couple, but that is not the
case. I know him as a guy. I am the manager and he is the player.

'And if he does not work well, he does not play. That applies to all the players.'

Lady Gaga loves Rio Ferdiand: Pop siren shows her support for Manchester United star as Roy Hodgson omits defender from England squad

Going Gaga for Rio: He's been left out again by England boss Roy Hodgson, but is Lady G singing his praises on her latest tour

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11:49 GMT, 9 November 2012

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*** Readers will require a sense of humour to enjoy this article ***

England boss Roy Hodgson may not be a fan but Rio Ferdinand seems to have Lady Gaga on his side.

The Manchester United defender, 34, was left out of Hodgson's squad for Euro 2012 due to 'footballing reasons' and hasn't got near an England squad since.

But pop siren, real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has been pictured in Brazil going Gaga (geddit) for football and has been pictured showing her love for United's gifted centre half.

Gaga, 26, has been photogrphed waving from her Rio de Janeiro hotel balcony above a banner which read: 'I Love Rio'. There's a chance she may not have been referring to the 'Pele of Peckham', but Sportsmail would like to think she regularly tunes into Match Of The Day to catch Ferdinand in action for United.

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Rio's biggest fan Lady Gaga waves to her fans, while standing next to a banner that says 'I Love Rio' on the day Rio Ferdinand was omitted from another England squad

Rio's biggest fan Lady Gaga waves to her fans, while standing next to a banner that says 'I Love Rio' on the day Rio Ferdinand was omitted from another England squad

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Lady Gaga has some fun in Rio de Janeiro as she waves hello to her fans and blows them kisses from her hotel balcony, while standing next to a banner that says

Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012

Getting shirty: Gaga (left) shows off her Brazil strip. The popstar yesterday displayed her love for Rio on the day Ferdinand (right) was left out of England' squad to play Sweden next week

Kiss match: Gaga blows a smacker from her Rio de Janeiro hotel balcony

Kiss match: Gaga blows a smacker from her Rio de Janeiro hotel balcony

Many of her music fans claim she was actually professing her love for the city of Rio, but all became clear later when she put in a shift in the centre of defence during a street football match as she visited a slum.

Obviously modelling herself on Ferdinand, Gaga was pictured stroking the ball out of defence.

The singer, who is in Brazil to perform as part of her 'Born This Way Ball' world tour, let her hair down, showing off her new pale pink hairdo, even blowing kisses to former West Ham and Leeds defender Ferdinand.

Playing out of defence: Singer Lady Gaga plays football with local children at a slum in Rio de Janeiro yesterday

Playing out of defence: Singer Lady Gaga plays football with local children at a slum in Rio de Janeiro yesterday

Hodgson yesterday named his England squad for next week's friendly against Sweden. And again there was no place for Ferdinand.

The England manager, 65, instead selected Gary Cahill, Steven Caulker, Phil Jagielka, Ryan Shawcross as his four central defenders.

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No Rio fan: Hodgson (right) left Ferdinand outof his Euro 2012 squad for footballing reasons

No Rio fan: Hodgson (right) left Ferdinand outof his Euro 2012 squad for footballing reasons

Maria de Villota relives horror smash before British Grand Prix

'I had 140 stitches in my face and they looked like boat rope. I was terrified.' Female F1 driver De Villota relives horror smash in which she lost an eye

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11:25 GMT, 10 October 2012

Formula One test driver Maria de Villota has spoken for the first time about the horror smash in which she lost her right eye.

The 32-year-old spent a month in
hospital after suffering serious head injuries when she crashed into the back of a team transporter during a
straight-line test for Marussia on July 3.

Maria De Villota before the crash

Speed queen: Maria De Villota before the crash

De Villota has now returned home but she continues to suffer from headaches and has lost her sense of smell and taste.

'I remember everything – even the moment of the impact,' di Villota told
the Spanish Hola magazine.

'When I woke up everybody was around me and they didn't even know if I
was going to speak, or how I was going to speak. I started speaking in
English because I thought I was on an FIA check-up and that the nurse
was a trainer.

'Then my dad said 'Please, Maria, speak Spanish, because your mother is
missing half the things', and then I became aware of everything: of what
had happened, where I was and why.'

The smash, which happened at Duxford Airfield in the run-up to the British Grand Prix, had had a profound effect of De Villota.

'The accident has given me a new perspective about life, about the
things that matter,' she said.

'It has taught me that to achieve what
you want you have to educate yourself in sacrifice through effort.

Crash: De Villota suffered serious head injuries

Crash: De Villota suffered serious head injuries

'Now I have just one eye maybe I perceive more things than before.
Before this, my life was a race against the clock, and now I see you
have to stop and measure things in a different way.'

De Villota admitted she was shocked the first time she saw her injuries, but she is sure that the worst is now behind her.

'In the beginning they were covering it [the eye] so I couldn't see it,'
she added.

'The first day I looked at myself in the mirror I had 140
black stitches on my face, and they looked like they had been stitched
with a boat rope, and I had lost my right eye. I was terrified.

'I have to undergo more surgery soon, but the worst is now behind.'

She added: 'I have headaches that they don't know how long will last – maybe years.

'I have to control my efforts a lot because of the cranial pressure. I
have also lost smell, and taste, which is linked to smell. Now I like
things with a very strong taste.'

World Twenty20 2012: Nasser Hussain: England need to get right at the top

England need to get right at the top against New Zealand

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 28 September 2012


Needs to step up: Craig Kieswetter

Needs to step up: Craig Kieswetter

England need to sort out their top order. All through this tournament they have had to react to a crisis because of the tone set by their openers.

Alex Hales and Craig Kieswetter are good players individually but they are not clicking together.

Kieswetter has either used up too many dot balls and put pressure on Hales or gone too early, like the other night. They have to set the right tone for the likes of Eoin Morgan.

Flexibility matters

England seem a little bit too driven by statistics at the moment. For instance Morgan has said the stats show he is best between the sixth and 20th overs.

Fine, but use a bit of common sense and be flexible. In the absence of Kevin Pietersen, Morgan is England’s best player and you don’t want him coming in when 13 an over are required.

On a flat pitch like this one at Pallekele he can win any match. If he’s the finisher, give him enough time to finish. Why are England hiding Morgan

Nowhere to hide: England need to get Eoin Morgan into the game earlier

Nowhere to hide: England need to get Eoin Morgan into the game earlier

Respect but no fear

New Zealand are, if anything, a carbon copy of England so there is no unorthodoxy or mystery to fear. But that doesn’t mean to say they are not a very potent team.

They are certainly as good as West Indies and, as we saw here, also Sri Lanka. Brendon McCullum’s stats are as good as Chris Gayle’s while Ross Taylor is a six hitter and Tim Southee showed himself to be a good death bowler here.

Yes, respect them England, but go and express yourselves.

Melissa Reid wants to do late mum proud at British Open

EXCLUSIVE: I'm going out there to do mum proud! Brave Reid gears up for British Open

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22:00 GMT, 11 September 2012

Melissa Reid was playing in the Evian Masters in July amid the wondrous scenery of the French Alps when the overwhelming sense of loss finally struck home.

She was competing in one of her mum’s favourite tournaments when suddenly all the pent-up emotion could not be contained any longer.

‘I said to my caddie, “I’m going to have to pull out”. There was no way I could continue,’ said Reid.

Good things: Melissa Reid is hoping to impress at one of her mum's favourite events

Good things: Melissa Reid is hoping to impress at one of her mum's favourite events

What had happened to England’s No 1 woman golfer in the spring was one of those days so terrible it leaves everyone numb with shock and full of sympathy. Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald, just two of the game’s fraternity who know what it is like to lose a parent, sent Reid texts and goodwill messages.

Reid’s parents, Joy and Brian, had travelled to Munich to watch their daughter play, as they had so often in the past, their pride in her rise plainly evident.

Then the courtesy car in which they were passengers was involved in a head-on collision. Joy did not survive.

One month later, in a stunning act of stoicism, Reid returned at the Prague Masters and somehow managed to win.

‘Looking back I can see now that it hadn’t hit me, I was still just too numb,’ said the 24-year-old from Derby. ‘Evian changed all that, and the last month has been tough. But I am hoping for good things this week.’

Getting ready: Reid on the course at Hoylake

Getting ready: Reid on the course at Hoylake

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Reid is referring to her mum’s other favourite event, the Ricoh Women’s British Open, which begins at Royal Liverpool on Thursday. ‘If ever there were two events she wanted me to win, it would be the Evian and the British and so I am going to have a fighting attitude and try to do her and my dad proud,’ she said, poignantly.

If truth be told, her family are proud, regardless of how she performs; proud of the way she has coped with the tragedy and having to grieve in public.

It is impossible to know how Reid will feel when she is walking Hoylake’s unsheltered fairways but in a part of the world where they know what the phrase means, she can be sure she will not walk alone.

A multitude of family members, including her dad, brothers and sisters, plus friends and golf fans just keen for her do well will all come together in the hope of preventing a repeat of what happened in France.

‘This is the hardest it has been but I am going to try to use it as a strength and get out there and fight for my family,’ she said. ‘After mum died I moved back in with my dad and we have been each other’s greatest comfort.’

Hard times: Reid wants to turn the emotion into strength

Hard times: Reid wants to turn the emotion into strength

When it is over, Reid has plans for one or two more events before taking a month off.

‘I don’t know where I am going to go but I just feel I need to spend the time with friends and get away from everything,’ she said.

She has not lost the infectious sense of humour that makes her so popular on the circuit.

‘You’ll be able to hear my supporters from several fairways away,’ she said. ‘I’ve got some friends coming up and they are loud.’

It was at Hoylake that Tiger Woods, in his most public display of emotion, broke down in tears on the final green after winning The Open in 2006. It was his first major championship win since the death of his father, Earl.

Whatever lies in store for Reid this week, it is to be hoped it helps with the healing process, just as it did for Woods.

Mark Cavendish allowed to leave Team Sky – Dave Brailsford

Team Sky chief says Cavendish is allowed to leave if he wants

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UPDATED:

23:09 GMT, 22 July 2012

Mark Cavendish will be allowed to leave Team Sky if that is his desire, confirmed chief Dave Brailsford.

The sprinter won stages two, 18 and 20 this year at the Tour de France and is on a three year deal signed last October.

But with Team Sky looking to claim titles across the board – not just in the sprint, which would suit Cavendish – he may look to leave.

First place: Mark Cavendish wins stage 20

First place: Mark Cavendish wins stage 20

'If he felt, or if it was felt, that he would like a dedicated team around him, then he is quite within his rights to want to do that,' said Brailsford.

His former team, HTC, helped him out a great deal by setting up finishes for him, but at Sky he may have to play second fiddle to Wiggins.

Brailsford continued: 'This team will keep its GC [general classification] ambitions and I am sure that we will sit down and discuss that with Mark and see how he feels about that.

'He is a prolific British winner and on the one hand we would love to have a prolific British winner on the team.'

Brailsford confirmed if Cavendish did want to leave, he would not sulk about it.

Chief: Dave Brailsford says Cav can leave

Chief: Dave Brailsford says Cav can leave

'We wouldn't fall out about it, there wouldn't be an issue about it, but we are very proud to have him on Team Sky, he is a fantastic champion and long may that continue.

'I can't see an issue at all, there's no problem and we will take the common-sense approach and sort it out like that.'

He added: 'If you're going to become the best cycling team the world's ever seen, you've got to win the biggest race in the world [the Tour de France] time and time again.

'I am quite driven by that: to see what it takes to be the best professional team this sport has ever seen. The components of that would be success over time.'