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Date Posted: 10:24:31 08/27/04 Fri
Author: Gabe
Subject: Re: Anyone Else Want An American Team?
In reply to: NSF 's message, "Anyone Else Want An American Team?" on 08:09:27 08/27/04 Fri

>Okay, I admit that I am not happy that Floyd is going
>to another team, even if it may be a better situation
>for him. I am not excited about Popovych potentially
>becoming the next big star at Discovery, although I
>like him and he is an exciting bike racer. And, I
>wish Julich or Levi would come back to Discovery. I
>wish that Danielson was racing the Vuelta for Postal.
>I wish Lance would have retired and Tyler was brought
>back to Discovery. Its not that I am a sloppy-kissing
>Lance devotee, I want an American team with American
>stars. I can overlook Lance's faults and root for him
>for the same reasons many Germans overlook Jan's
>faults. There are other racers I love to watch that
>aren't Americans, but I want a "home" team to root for
>in the big events. Perhaps its too provincial, but I
>can't help it.

I like the notion of an American team. Not necessarily an all American team but one that develops young American talent and has some American super stars. Not only does it give me someone I can connect with to root for but I think it helps to sell cycling to the American public in general which is what we really need. I really hate to see Floyd go for those reasons. I think he can become a good gc rider and being home-grown he would be a natural sell here in the states.

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