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Dan333SP 09-02-13 08:35 AM

Euskatel saved?
 
http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/2...ng-team-owner/

Don't know if anyone has posted this, but it looks like Ferrari F1 driver Fernando Alonso has purchased the license for the Euskatel squad. If this is true and he does keep the team afloat (with some rebranding), I'll be a huge fan by default because I'm a big Alonso supporter and an avid F1 follower. He's apparently been big on cycling in the offseason lately, I'd love to see him try some training rides with the pros. F1 drivers actually have somewhat similar builds to pro cyclists, with bigger shoulders and necks to fight the g-forces of cornering.

roadwarrior 09-10-13 01:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dan333SP (Post 16022538)
http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/2...ng-team-owner/

Don't know if anyone has posted this, but it looks like Ferrari F1 driver Fernando Alonso has purchased the license for the Euskatel squad. If this is true and he does keep the team afloat (with some rebranding), I'll be a huge fan by default because I'm a big Alonso supporter and an avid F1 follower. He's apparently been big on cycling in the offseason lately, I'd love to see him try some training rides with the pros. F1 drivers actually have somewhat similar builds to pro cyclists, with bigger shoulders and necks to fight the g-forces of cornering.

Most racers are.

It's a topic that seems to be above the pay grades of the guys on the Addict forum in road.

Alain Prost rode with Fernando Escartin and wasted him doing one Tour stage a few years ago.

I know several IndyCar drivers and they all ride. Seriously.

It bugs the daylights out of the tri crowd that some race car driver comes in and beats up on them doing three or four events for fun. The guys I've ridden with are in awesome shape. Many of them race bikes, as well.

Caretaker 09-10-13 04:15 PM

Speculation is AC will move to this new team.

Dan333SP 09-23-13 03:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by roadwarrior (Post 16051636)
Most racers are.

It's a topic that seems to be above the pay grades of the guys on the Addict forum in road.

Alain Prost rode with Fernando Escartin and wasted him doing one Tour stage a few years ago.

I know several IndyCar drivers and they all ride. Seriously.

It bugs the daylights out of the tri crowd that some race car driver comes in and beats up on them doing three or four events for fun. The guys I've ridden with are in awesome shape. Many of them race bikes, as well.

It is fun to follow some of the drivers on strava. I lived in Miami and I would run into Bruno Junquiera out on rides every now and then, he's an ex- champ car star and almost had an F1 seat. He's very fast on the bike, much faster than I am (although I'm a semi-competitive cat 4). I also had a chance to ride alongside Jenson Button at a gran fondo, nice guy and I had a chance to chat with him about his win in Canada which I'd seen in person that summer. Also much faster than me, and surprisingly he was on an s-works Tarmac rather than a Mclaren Venge.

jyl 09-23-13 04:30 PM

Big bummer news today.

roadwarrior 09-24-13 05:27 AM

Alonso said he could not get things worked out with Euskatel. Said he will start his own team in 2015. Thirty riders looking for work.
He, Alonso, did not get into any details on the negotiaitons wth Euskatel.

merlinextraligh 09-24-13 05:59 PM

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Originally Posted by roadwarrior (Post 16098188)
Alonso said he could not get things worked out with Euskatel. Said he will start his own team in 2015. Thirty riders looking for work.
He, Alonso, did not get into any details on the negotiaitons wth Euskatel.

Problem was negotiations were all in Euskara.

If Euskatel goes away, it will be a lost element that can't quite be replaced.


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