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Date Posted: 18:29:29 08/29/04 Sun
Author: Jman157
Subject: Hard sell
In reply to: Gabe 's message, "Re: Anyone Else Want An American Team?" on 10:24:31 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

It seems it'd be a hard sell to have a US team with no US stars. I mean you'll have the support of the devoted cyling fans, but as a way to grow, it just seems the team'll get choked off with all the other options. It just seems riders from far away places racing in races from far away places, wouldn't exactly be a great place to advertise, unless a sponsor wanted to break into a European market. Accckk try starting a college American Football team in Europe.

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