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Old 07-06-08, 06:43 PM   #1
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Do they do anything? Call me ignorant, but I don't think they deserve their spot in the Tour. They're supposedly a Basque pro team, composed mostly of climbers, but I don't recall any climbing stages or jerseys being won by them lately.
I've also never seen one of their riders do anything but become a rolling chicane in the group sprint, and has a TV camera ever even followed one during a TT?

IMO, there are teams more deserving of their spot in the Tour.

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Do they do anything? Call me ignorant, but I don't think they deserve their spot in the Tour. They're supposedly a Basque pro team, composed mostly of climbers, but I don't recall any climbing stages or jerseys being won by them lately.
I've also never seen one of their riders do anything but become a rolling chicane in the group sprint, and has a TV camera ever even followed one during a TT?

IMO, there are teams more deserving of their spot in the Tour.

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Keeps the Basque separatists from lauching an attack on the Tour for political purposes in the Pyrenees.
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Keeps the Basque separatists from lauching an attack on the Tour for political purposes in the Pyrenees.
Probably the truth.
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Yea, I can see that. Those people are nuts up in the Mountain routes. The entire area is orange.
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Keeps the Basque separatists from lauching an attack on the Tour for political purposes in the Pyrenees.
This is probably more true than anyone knows.
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Until he ran afoul of the doping police in a real bizarre case (A sample positive, B sample negative, WADA irritated and B sample re-tested, now everything is being appealed) Iban Mayo was one of the better climbers in the peloton and a legit overall contender. He always seemed to have one bad day and lose his GC opportunity. He does hold the record for the Ventoux TT though.

Of course he's not racing right now and I don't know an awful lot about the E-E team otherwise.


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Do they do anything?
Does Zubeldia getting top ten in the GC count? Or is that small potatoes?

edit...make that top five on GC (2007)

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Until he ran afoul of the doping police in a real bizarre case (A sample positive, B sample negative, WADA irritated and B sample re-tested, now everything is being appealed) Iban Mayo was one of the better climbers in the peloton and a legit overall contender. He always seemed to have one bad day and lose his GC opportunity. He does hold the record for the Ventoux TT though.
the A, B, no let's try it again until we get it right test was when he was on saunier duval.

the ventoux time was during the dauphine libere.

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Of course he's not racing right now and I don't know an awful lot about the E-E team otherwise.


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