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Old 07-22-04, 01:44 PM   #1
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USPS Rumors

I've heard that Landis was considering an offer from Phonak and I could have sworn I heard Phil or Paul say that USPS (Discovery now I guess) was courting Leipheimer. Any truth to these rumors? I'd hate to see Landis go, but would love to see Leipheimer in white with blue highlights. Heck, if Landis stayed and Leipheimer joined... holy cow.
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Old 07-22-04, 01:47 PM   #2
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I've heard both deals being talked about.

Landis is showing exeptional ability this year. He could have won the stage today, if he hadn't done all the work.
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I have to say that neither of these moves makes much sense for the individual riders. Why would Floyd go to a different team to work for someone else? Unless they plan on losing Hamilton, which I very seriously doubt. Ditto for Leipheimer, unless he just thinks he needs to focus on different races and do a support role in the Tour. But then again, when have moves in the cycling world made any sense? Both of the teams in question would be receiving excellent riders, no doubt about it.
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I thought I heard somewhere that Phonak was a team that had some of the deepest pockets. I think Tyler went there for the money, so maybe it's the same thing luring Landis. Doesn't seem to make sense for Leipheimer. Isn't he a team leader now? Maybe they are looking for a LA replacement in a couple of years.
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Perhaps both Landis and Leipheimer realize that they'll never be team leaders. Landis would be moving a step down to support Tyler while Leipheimer can still capture some glory when Lance wins his 7th next year.

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Problem for Leipheimer is also that Rabobank by now realizes that he isn't a team leader. Anyway, Dutch press seems quite sure that Leipheimer will move to Discovery.

Also, they say Landis rejected the Phonak offer because he thinks he can be a candidate for the GC in a team formed around him.
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Under the new Pro Tour rules teams have to contest the 3 GTs starting next year. USPS has done the TdF and the Vuelta (with success) the last few years and there's an "opening" for a GC man for the Vuelta. Next year Discovery will be in the Giro and while I really hope LA will be there if he's going after #7 he won't be riding to win so there's a need for a GC man there as well. Levi might fit in either capacity.

For Landis he needs to decide if he's ready/wants to be "the man." If he does he's gonna have to move. Same way it was for Levi, Tyler and Roberto. After LA is gone riders who rode for him will continue to be a presence in the peloton.

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Walter took the words out of my mouth. If Levi came back to Postal to lead the team for the Vuelta (even though they already have Azevedo, who is more than capable of winning it), he has the potential to improve upon his 3rd place finish with Postal around him again.

Word is that Postal is courting Yaroslav Popovych to be their man for the Giro, although I hope it isn't true. I would like to see Lance race the Giro, and he has expressed interest in doing so.
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I think Landis should ride for Lance one more year then ease in as a GC rider with Discovery. 'Corse I'm a bit biased.....
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G'day,

i read recently an interview with George in 'Ride' magazine , (it's available in the US), where he intimated that his support for the 'Disco's' was limited to the end of his contract. He expressed the view that as the 'Disco's' focus was solely on Lance & TDF, that there were other things he wanted to do before his career was over. Of course this may change depending on how the 'Pro tour' works next year. I don't think Floyd has what it takes to be a GC contender in any of the major tours, he probably doesn't climb well enough

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G'day,

I don't think Floyd has what it takes to be a GC contender in any of the major tours, he probably doesn't climb well enough

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Although he might be a few years away, I think that Landis has what it takes to be a leader and I don't think that there could be a better team for him to be a part of then Postal/Discovery. I hope he stays.
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"he probably doesn't climb well enough" Did you watch today's stage?
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I don't think Floyd has what it takes to be a GC contender in any of the major tours, he probably doesn't climb well enough

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What were you watching today? The only reason Landis didn't take today's stage is he was worn out from dragging Lance and the others up the mountain. He is a great climber and I believe he will win the Tour someday...... soon.
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What were you watching today? The only reason Landis didn't take today's stage is he was worn out from dragging Lance and the others up the mountain. He is a great climber and I believe he will win the Tour someday...... soon.
g'day,

unfortunately, haven't seen waht you would refer to as 'todays stage'. Our coverage in Oz is such that we get a 1/2 hour of highlights, 15 hours after the stage has finished. I've still got 2.5 hrs to go. Anyway, goodluck to Floyd if he can do it...it would be good to see, but I don't think he has that extra 'it' that makes a TDF winner...time will tell,

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Walter took the words out of my mouth. If Levi came back to Postal to lead the team for the Vuelta (even though they already have Azevedo, who is more than capable of winning it), he has the potential to improve upon his 3rd place finish with Postal around him again.

Word is that Postal is courting Yaroslav Popovych to be their man for the Giro, although I hope it isn't true. I would like to see Lance race the Giro, and he has expressed interest in doing so.
But just imagine, Lance, Popovych, Levi. amazing lineup.
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When Floyd joined Postal coming off his mountain biking career, he had some real issues in his life. Lance helped Floyd in a lot of ways and told him to just ride and not worry about anything...it would all be taken care of. And it was. And Floyd made the Tour team first year with Postal.
If I was Floyd, I'd continue to repay that loyalty shown him once.
Lance may not ride the Tour again. No team is as strong as Postal.
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