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It looks like Ullrich will be in the Tour :).
05-23-03, 03:42 PM
That's great!! Really like they way they have stepped up to the plate on this one. Still rooting for Lance, but am happy that Bianchi has done so. Is good for them, or they would not have done so. But is also good for racing. If I hadn't just bought a Scapin I would buy a Bianchi. Oh, well. Next time (maybe).
05-23-03, 08:02 PM
Ullrich to the Tour
Almost immediately following the UCI's announcement, the Société du Tour de France confirmed that Team Bianchi would receive the final invitation, that originally reserved for Team Coast, to the Tour. The Société had left the option open to replace Team Coast with another team if the suspension weren't lifted, or if this new trade team did not develop in sufficient time. However now that Team Bianchi has been granted official status by the UCI, the Tour would have no grounds to exclude the team, meaning Jan Ullrich should race the Tour, and Mario Cipollini has seen his last chance for an invitation disappear.
"This decision puts an end to the questions we had to ask," Daniel Baal told l'Equipe. "From the moment Bianchi becomes a Top Club team, the team has a place guaranteed according to the regulations."
Team leader Jan Ullrich will now have an uninterrupted build up to the Tour, where he will surely be a star attraction, even if he and director sportif Rudy Pevenage insist that this year's ambitions will remain modest. Ullrich last raced May 1 in Frankfurt, and his preparation before the Tour is scheduled to include a return racing May 31 at the Rund um die Hainleite in Erfurt, Germany, followed by the Tour of Germany (June 3-9) and the Tour of Switzerland (June 16-25).
"Finally we're there," Pevenage commented, relieved with the news of Bianchi's acceptance. "We're going to work overtime to make sure Jan can race for the first time in the Team Bianchi jersey on May 31."
05-24-03, 12:22 AM
Originally posted by fubar5
No Cipo. That sucks.
Agreed .... it really is too bad that LeBlanc has his head shoved so far up his ass that the World Champion can't get an invite...
05-24-03, 12:43 AM
I agree, it would actually be interesting to watch a road race (j/k) if Jan and Cipo were in it! I think Lance will still dominate, but it'd definately be much more interesting and more noteworthy when/if Lance wins. There would be no denying his supremacy!(sp?)
Just because the New team (unproven I might add)
has Ullrich on it does it deserve a place in the tour?
I think not.
but then again I don't thing Jean DeLatour, or
boulangerie du chou or whatever the hell they are
called deserve to be in la grande boucle either.
The shame is that LeBlanc and the TdF organizers created a situation where either Ullrich or Cipo get to ride, one at the expense of the other.
Ullrich has shown nice form in the early season and could well make some noise, though to contend for GC this year is probably not realistic.
The Cipo deal has been covered extensively and I won't rehash all of it but just state that after Lance and last years Podium finishers who deserves a start more?
Wait a minute wasn't Rumsas on the podium last year?
05-25-03, 07:32 AM
Originally posted by Csson
It looks like Ullrich will be in the Tour :)
I read (maybe in VeloNews?) that LeBlanc might reconsider the Cipo invitation. Which makes me wonder if maybe he was just playing the media (and, consequently, the fans) to get publicity? Maybe he's learned a thing or two from Cipo?
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