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Date Posted: 12:01:12 08/27/04 Fri
Author: Vaughn Trevi
Subject: Re: Anyone Else Want An American Team?
In reply to: Mark 's message, "Re: Anyone Else Want An American Team?" on 10:08:27 08/27/04 Fri

Agreed Mark,
What would work would be to have a Pro team like Belgium has for their men and womens team to help young USA riders bridge over to the pro peloton.
Wouldn't hurt for other countries to have the same.
I do like the Victoria Secret sponsor idea though... I mean can you imagine the "Lingerie Team Girls" showing up to races to cheer on the riders?!!
That might get a few folks attention. hehehehe

I understand your feelings, but I think that the idea
>of a (succesful) team consisting of riders from one
>nation is very unlikely. And even more so with the
>current situation of American riders in the peloton: a
>relatively small amount of riders, but with quite a
>few top (or subtop) dogs.
>Getting a lot of good GT riders (or sprinters, but
>there's not really a top American in that) to band up
>in the same team is virtually impossible, maybe even
>more so because of the fact that they would all be
>fighting for the status of 'best rider' of their
>nation as well.
>Just look at most of the other top teams: An Aussie
>leading a french and Belgian team (FDJ.com and Lotto),
>an American leading a Swiss team (Phonak) an Italian
>leading a Belgian team (Quickstep), a Spaniard leading
>a Dutch team(Rabo), an Italian leading a Danish team
>(CSC), and the list goes on. With the commercializing
>of cyclism, national boundaries seem to be fading ever
>To refer to V's example of La Boulangère: the only way
>you will keep an all-French or -American team in line
>is if it has riders that are all more or less equal in
>ability; good riders, but not super. Likewise, La
>Boulangère have a good team, but not a real big rider.
>(and let's not forget their Tour leader was in fact
>Beloki, a Spaniard)
>Erhm, this post is way too long, hehe. In short then:
>I think it has become impossible, certainly with so
>many good American riders in such a 'small' pool, if
>we're talking specifically about the US. :)

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