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ralph1234 06-27-11 01:52 PM

Katusha Tour Team: All Russian
 
What do you all think? Is this a sporting move or a sponsor decision?

Caretaker 06-27-11 04:29 PM

Mainly sponsor.

They haven't got that many non-Russians in the team + DiLuca I think didn't finish the TdS and Caruso finished way down.

There are three teams Ag2R, Europcar and Saur Sojasun with one non-French rider (Nicolas Roche Irl. of AG2R)between them and he's in fact half French.

ralph1234 06-27-11 06:07 PM

Seems like a strange move though to hold on to your best stage racer, Joaquim Rodriguez (8th on GC last year), for the Vuelta. I can see why they left out Pozzato though, he's been a wet blanket all season.

Creatre 06-27-11 09:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ralph1234 (Post 12848234)
Seems like a strange move though to hold on to your best stage racer, Joaquim Rodriguez (8th on GC last year), for the Vuelta. I can see why they left out Pozzato though, he's been a wet blanket all season.

Rodriguez just did the Giro so wouldn't have the same freshness. Also, he's better suited for a WIN in the Vuelta instead of a maybe top 10 or top 5 in the Tour de France.

cyclezen 06-30-11 12:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Creatre (Post 12849159)
Rodriguez just did the Giro so wouldn't have the same freshness. Also, he's better suited for a WIN in the Vuelta...

... iff'n he don;t meet up with Contador...
I'm smelling a hat trick...


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