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Old 08-30-07, 08:50 PM   #1
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Ride for any team in any era - Who?

If you could be a domo for a season, with any team in any era, who would it be and when. Remember, you are not the star but a lowly domo who must carry water and luggage.

For me, I think I'd like to have worked for Big Mig. I remember seeing him sitting at the from of the group at the worlds, looking back, daring anyone to come around him, as Alano, on a flat tubular, hammered away for the win.

That made a real impression on me. Mig was destroying people at the tour and here he was doing what a true leader is supposed to do - pay back those who worked for him. The guy was reserved but he also seemed to have a bit of class. That'd be my pick.

I'd like to hear from some of the more...uh...experienced riders out there who can remember, first hand, some of the great riders and teams that have come and gone.
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Old 08-30-07, 08:53 PM   #2
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probly festina, right arround say.. 1998
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7-11 it would just be cool to say you were on that team.
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probly festina, right arround say.. 1998
Ha!

descentes sur le tour...
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7-11 it would just be cool to say you were on that team.
Agreed. They were pioneers for American cycling. Hell, I'd have carried bottles for Hampsten, and chased down breakaways for Phinney with a huge grin on my face.
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I'd pick a team with a crap team leader so I wouldn't have to do so much work.
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Old 08-30-07, 09:46 PM   #7
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I'd pick a team with a crap team leader so I wouldn't have to do so much work.

The 1995 Chazal-MBK squad?
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Good question.
Maybe ADR-Agrigel in 1989.
Maybe 7-Eleven when they were Kings of the American Criterium before they went to the Tour.
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Another vote for 7 Eleven in the late 80's. I'll also throw in PDM and Carrera.
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I would have to go with La Vie Claire in 1986, just so I could have made out in a bidding war between Hinault and Lemond for my services.
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Have to give it some thought, but probably the most interesting "what if" thread in a while....

OK. Having pondered...

I'd be leading out Hampsted on the Gavia. With my work not only would he have won the Giro, he'd have won the stage.

Or working for Ferdie. I like ice cream.
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Maybe 7-Eleven when they were Kings of the American Criterium before they went to the Tour.
Wheaties-Shwinn?

leadouts for Michel Vaarten, maybe?
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Cannondale Secco, lead out for Cipo, because then i would be almost that fast....
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The 1995 Chazal-MBK squad?

Interesting. Why?


To all, what is it about the team you'd choose and why at that time?
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Interesting. Why?


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Crap team....but I love JFB.

Plus nothing sez "I'm a pro" more than a fluoro yellow and pink MBK.
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The 1995 Chazal-MBK squad?
Even crapper than that. They got rides in the Tour. Too hard IMO. Maybe Fangio or Saxon or a team like that. Kermesses, couple of Belgian classics, Dunkirk, Tour de Suisse then go on holidays.
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Even crapper than that. They got rides in the Tour. Too hard IMO. Maybe Fangio or Saxon or a team like that. Kermesses, couple of Belgian classics, Dunkirk, Tour de Suisse then go on holidays.
gotcha....

an SEFB or Cedico-Ville de Charleroi....you may or may not get paid.
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Mapei of the 90's up until they quit the sport. They were a classics oriented team. I like the classics and one day events.

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For me, I think I'd like to have worked for Big Mig.
Well that depends, was this a team helmet, or only for him?

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I would have to go with La Vie Claire in 1986, just so I could have made out in a bidding war between Hinault and Lemond for my services.
That was my first choice. My second is Once in the early 90s. It was fun watching them own the Vuelta.
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Faema and Moltani from 1968-1975. First off it would be fun riding for a team that would win the majority of the monuments in one year.

But better still is that every year where Eddy won the TDF a teammate, sometimes as many as 3 teammates won a stage. Often enough these stage winners were true domestiques.
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I'm easy....U.S. Postal/Discovery....would've been fun (and nerve-wracking) to ride in all 7....
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I'm easy....U.S. Postal/Discovery....would've been fun (and nerve-wracking) to ride in all 7....
Yes but you would have had to kiss Lance's Butt so many times your lips would have worn off.

If you notice domestiques didn't last very long on Postal-Discovery.
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Old 09-01-07, 01:21 AM   #24
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Faema and Moltani from 1968-1975. First off it would be fun riding for a team that would win the majority of the monuments in one year.

But better still is that every year where Eddy won the TDF a teammate, sometimes as many as 3 teammates won a stage. Often enough these stage winners were true domestiques.
Nice. That's what I'm talking about.
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^^^

Yup, I agree. Why not ride for someone who wins 3 out of 10 races he enters? Plus a few teammates wins and you are looking at celebrating with a good bottle of vino almost half the year. These guys raced on the road 150x a year, plus a bunch more cyclo-cross or track in the winter. It'd be like a non-stop celebration of winning.
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