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Old 03-17-09, 03:47 PM   #1
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Really? ASO screws the pooch again?

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?...r09/mar17news3

So they ditch Fuji-Servetto and Barloworld, and go with the almighty, powerful force of Grand Tour-ready riders of..... Skil-Shimano?
Seriously?
They'd be a great choice for... Paris-Roubaix or something, but have their riders even competed in a race lasting more than a week? Two weeks?

IMO Xacobeo (sp?), Barloworld and Fuji-Servetto would have been better choices.

Helll, even LPR Brakes or Diquigivoanniluigimariospaghetti-lasagneciaomama would have been better choices.
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Old 03-17-09, 04:17 PM   #2
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Same with Astana for 08. Fuji was Saunier Duval last year so they must be doping this year(!) after a complete revamp of the team.
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Punish the teams that had the major doping offenses last year. Maybe it will make teams think about the consequences for their current actions.
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Same with Astana for 08. Fuji was Saunier Duval last year so they must be doping this year(!) after a complete revamp of the team.
It's still Mauro Gianetti at the helm. Clearly they think he's less than innocent.
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Old 03-17-09, 05:10 PM   #5
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http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?...r09/mar17news3

So they ditch Fuji-Servetto and Barloworld, and go with the almighty, powerful force of Grand Tour-ready riders of..... Skil-Shimano?
Seriously?
They'd be a great choice for... Paris-Roubaix or something, but have their riders even competed in a race lasting more than a week? Two weeks?

IMO Xacobeo (sp?), Barloworld and Fuji-Servetto would have been better choices.

Helll, even LPR Brakes or Diquigivoanniluigimariospaghetti-lasagneciaomama would have been better choices.
i didn't like the decision last year, i still don't like it this year.

however, i am interested to see how jonathan hivert does. that guy killed it in paris nice. if he is a $200 investment in the performance fantasy tour de france, i am snagging him. hopefully he can justify skil-shimano's inclusion.
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I always kinda liked Barloworld.

No good reason, really, though PBK did give me some free Barloworld bottles.
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Barloworld did very well in their first year, they won stages with Hunter and Soler and won the KOM.
Having an old school rider from the drug-days using some old EPO he found in the bottom of his closet at his rental house shouldn't have had any effect on their admittance in '09.

I for one think that Mauro Gianetti is still a bad guy, but I'd like to believe that his guys are clean. If one of his riders gets popped, he'll likely never get another chance at running a team.
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Sad to see that Soler will be out of the Tour again. He was electric in 2007, energizer bunny-like.
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Skil-Shimano is a solid squad and deserving of their spot.
They'll produce something, just like every continental team does.
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I feel for Soler, big time. But it's really a shame that Barloworld isn't getting the publicity that they would have from the tour, since they stayed on with the team after the positive. Fuji-Servetto, I totally understand.
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I applaud ASO for applying their rules consistently, if nothing else. Inviting teams with riders guilty of doping infractions this year after the non-invite of Astana last year would have been a PR disaster. They're sticking to their guns, as they did last year, and good for them.
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I applaud ASO for applying their rules consistently, if nothing else. Inviting teams with riders guilty of doping infractions this year after the non-invite of Astana last year would have been a PR disaster. They're sticking to their guns, as they did last year, and good for them.
Then why did Liquigas get an invite? They did have Manuel Beltran last year and a convicted doper on their team.
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