Is it April 1st again? How did this happen?
Is it April 1st again? How did this happen?
Can anyone see him and Bahati butting heads?
It's making me wonder if Ball has found a sponsor.
He must really love his family. This like a pro football player saying "ya know what, I'm not really enjoying playing for this pro football team, I think I'll go play for this local squad that's possibly not going to make it through next season".
I'm guessing it was more related to the fact that while he is a great sprinter, he wasn't able to handle the level of training or racing associated with a ProTour team.
I don't think Bahati is going to have a problem with Ivan. They get along well and Bahati sounds positive in todays news about him resigning with the pro team. I haven't talked to him off the record but during the winter I talked to him when Ivan was initially going to join the team and he was excited.
when you are living on the other side of the world, not getting any results how could you not feel homesick and want to go back and do the local thing?
Wife and kids make it an easy choice. AT 23 it would be easier to stick it out, but like ^^ he said 33, not really.
One day I was announcing a Florida crit and he lapped the field twice, solo. He was destined for big results. So I interview him afterwards and he tells everyone his big goal is to land in Europe and race the Tour. Not only that, he had no interest in crits and prefers races like Philly.
I believe he truly had dreams of bigger fish, but America is his sweet spot. Pay is good, life is good and managers love him.
BTW - I've known him personally since 1999 and knew all the boys that first took him on the road in a beat up bus, in search of contracts. His wins are impressive here in the states, but I have to agree, at 33, I think his big fish goals may have passed him by.
Horner tried and passed, but he's on another level.
rock needs to go away.
i love bahati, and i think this is going to be good for the team. he's got his own family to support, and now that he is back on rock's a team, he will be doing more racing and potentially getting more income. maybe they'll even push each other to work a little harder, who knows?
I bet if the guy is happy with where he's at personally you'll see some great racing from him.
As far as Rock goes, I just wish they would go about doing things right. Get a good DS in there and then let him develop a racing team. Even from the outside you can tell that their organization is nill. They have some pretty good talent, but the lack of direction from the top is disappointing.
Michael Ball dragging Chris Horner through ridiculous contract negotiations.
Michael Ball with musical bike sponsors
It doesn't affect Bahati in the sense that Ivan will be doing the big races while Rahsaan is still on the amateur squad. It does likely affect Bahati's chances of moving back to the A-team. I believe the two get along fine but they both like being the 'go to' guy at the end.
Ivan just got his citizenship last year so it seems natural he'd not want to stay over in Europe. I think he had a kid last year too.
Bahati is no longer on the amateur squad...
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Holy poop, I found someone who remembers that bus. I can't recall where Danny found that thing, but he gutted the interior and made beds out of plywood, so everyone could sleep and keep their legs up more often.
And yes, we all knew Ivan would tear some legs if someone had some cash and took him on the road. Most of the guys on that team are friends of mine, but only a couple still race.
Ok, that's a badass story. That's the best kind of bike racing stories. Boot straps kinda stuff.
BTW-I am no Rock fan.. I don't like Ivan and I think Ball is bad for the sport, but I raced against them today and Ivan laid it out for Bahati to win. Bahati is a good friend of mine and my wife is good friends with him and his wife. We laughed afterward because people are congratulating him for getting put back on the pro team. HE NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN PUT ON THE AMATEUR TEAM. The pro team is where he always belonged. He doesn't want congrats for being demoted and brought back up to the pro team. Ivan nailed it a couple of times and finally Rock lined it up and brought the dangerous break back. Ivan then was instrumental in the leadout and Bahati took the win.