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    No Bianchi endorsement

    I noticed no team was endorsed by Bianchi this year. Also, alot of newer brands are getting their bikes into the race. Those Cervalo bikes look pretty damn cool and fast (Cancellera was burining it up in the prologue). So why no Bianchi in Le Tour?

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    cuz cannondale paid Liquigas more money?

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    why no Litespeed?

    why no Casati?

    why no Fondriest?

    why no Felt?

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    ah

    i see your point. so its about the bankroll. i was wondering why Giant was in there.

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    Cervelo has been there for a while.
    Giant has been there for a while. And they're one of the largest manufacturers in the world.

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    Having a bike manufacturer endorse a protour team means paying the team tons of money to keep and ride their expensive bikes. A lot of manufacturers can't provide the financial resources to endorse these teams. That's why there are only so many bike manufacturers that sponsor protour teams.

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    wonder how much this cost specialized ?

    http://www.velonews.com/tour2007/tec...s/12764.0.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by voltman View Post
    Cervelo has been there for a while.
    Giant has been there for a while. And they're the largest manufacturer in the world.
    I fixed it for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dauphin View Post
    cuz cannondale paid Liquigas more money?
    Notice the difference in the results.

    And then there's Barloworld...yesterday was a great ad for Cannondale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed073 View Post
    why no Litespeed?

    why no Casati?

    why no Fondriest?

    why no Felt?
    Because those bikes suck!
    They call me "Mr. Mixte"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed073 View Post
    why no Litespeed?

    why no Casati?

    why no Fondriest?

    why no Felt?
    to start with, Fondriest went bankrupt in 06.

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    Is Cannondale the only company sponsoring two teams?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mhendricks View Post
    Because those bikes suck!
    Ouch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomus View Post
    Is Cannondale the only company sponsoring two teams?

    Ouch!
    Colnago and Specialized.

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    Specialized

    Specialized is throwing around alot of money and endorsing two teams. I've heard people say their bikes suck too, even the top-of-the line stuff. I've heard Trek is better. ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by voltman View Post
    Colnago and Specialized.
    Hm. Thanks for answering!

    I must be behind the times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smith5 View Post
    Specialized is throwing around alot of money and endorsing two teams. I've heard people say their bikes suck too, even the top-of-the line stuff. I've heard Trek is better. ?
    You need to stop listening to those people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocRay View Post
    to start with, Fondriest went bankrupt in 06.
    Not really the point, but cheers for the update.

    Shame.....they were beautiful, hideously over-priced frames.

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    It's not about the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed073 View Post
    Not really the point, but cheers for the update.

    Shame.....they were beautiful, hideously over-priced frames.
    Fondriest is still running a web-site. Cannondale went bankrupt as well. Bankruptcy (at least in America) allows a Company to settle with debtors or even cancel all obligations and try to re-organize in order to re-emerge profitable. Could be Fondriest is working on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VT Biker View Post
    Fondriest is still running a web-site. Cannondale went bankrupt as well. Bankruptcy (at least in America) allows a Company to settle with debtors or even cancel all obligations and try to re-organize in order to re-emerge profitable. Could be Fondriest is working on this.
    Excellent. I'll help them out by taking 1 x 57cm off their hands at liquidation prices

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