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Date Posted: 22:31:41 03/10/03 Mon
Author: Dave
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Subject: Re: Question: What was it about US stage races in the 80's and 90's?
In reply to: Site_Goddess 's message, "Question: What was it about US stage races in the 80's and 90's?" on 13:04:34 03/08/03 Sat

Dunno about over there but I suspect it was the same, dollars. More people throwing more around. Whether they had it or not. 2 cases from here in Aus anyway....Alan Bond and the Americas Cup and Christopher Scase and just about everything else. Both threw millions of dollars (they turned out NOT to actually own) into big sponsorships. I suspect it may be the same over in the US. A lot of paper millions and lots to spend it on.


>Question: While I have heard laments about the demise
>of the good old USA stage races (Tour Dupont, Coors
>Classic, Thrift Drug Triple Crown, etc.), what I want
>to know is, what was it about the climate surrounding
>cycling and/or business then that is different than
>Was pro cycling "better known" in those days? Was it
>the caliber of US riders (surely not), did big
>business have more money to spend for brand awareness;
>how was it that the races attracted European talent as
>well? These are just some thoughts. I am interested in
>your opinions.

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