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Date Posted: 11:49:51 08/27/04 Fri
Author: perseguidor
Subject: Re: Anyone Else Want An American Team?
In reply to: Velo 's message, "Re: Anyone Else Want An American Team?" on 11:39:32 08/27/04 Fri

>Well technically no, as Unai Extebarria is Venezuelan.
>But at the same time it also points out the
>shortcomings of that type of approach - a very limited
>talent pool from which to draw, perhaps the main
>reason that EE will never be on the same plane as the
>bigger USPS's and T-Mob's, etc. Not that it's the
>team's fault, just that the sponsor is Basque and so
>team management is probably pressured to recruit
>primarily Basque riders.

Also, I think cycling is a much bigger sport in the Basque Country than it in the US so it's easier to sustain and there's the whole political situation too. I don't think it's a good model for any team that really wants to be a top, well rounded team.

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