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Date Posted: 15:37:36 09/02/04 Thu
Author: LAHobo
Subject: Re: Vuelta favorites?
In reply to: dura ace 's message, "Re: Vuelta favorites?" on 15:12:22 09/02/04 Thu

>It doesn't tell you much at all. Sometimes a team (or
>company) grabs something on the market just to keep
>someone else from getting it, or to "take out" a
>potential competitor. (see USPS/Bruyneel/Heras, 2000)

I disagree with your analysis of USPS's motives in acquiring Heras. I doubt USPS ever thought of Heras as a serious threat. Armstrong and Bruyneel have stated on numerous occasions (and history has, for the most part, agreed) that the winner of the Tour will be an all-arounder, rather than just a pure climber. USPS needed domestique help in the high mountains and that's how they used Heras. Anything is possible, but I don't have any reason to think that there was any additional motives.

>Nozal may or may not have been a fluke last year but
>whatever Saiz really thinks of his potential, it is
>unlikely that his acquisition of Heras had anything to
>do with that.

I don't know how you can draw that conclusion. If Saiz thought Nozal had more potential than Heras I don't see any reason he would bring in Heras and have Nozal be his domestique for both the Tour and Vuelta. Just doesn't seem logical to me.

>Heras reportedly is making less money
>than he did at USPS too.

I've heard it both ways. Where did you get your info on this?

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