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Old 06-12-05, 08:52 AM
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Vino to Discovery???

http://www.tdfblog.com/

Interesting....
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Old 06-12-05, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by kerank
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Interesting....
Interesting indeed!
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Old 06-12-05, 11:28 AM
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Even though they have other team leaders in Salvodelli and Popovytch (spelling?) it makes perfect sense to go after another great leader because of all those new Pro Tour races. Boy it sure would be great if he were on Discovery now to help Lance in his last Tour. Imagine having Vino on your side rather than on a rival team.
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It does however add a little fuel to the fire. Imagine having the Giro champ (Salvo), probably the best strong prospect (Poppy), and Vino on the same team next season. All I can say is, the podium may be re-Discovery-ed.

Edit: And speaking of podiums, how about that all Discovery podium finish today.

STAGE 7 Results
1. George Hincapie (USA), Discovery Channel, 3:07:10
2. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Discovery Channel
3. Lance Armstrong (USA), Discovery Channel, 0:22
4. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), T-Mobile
5. Santiago Botero (Col), Phonak
6. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Gerolsteiner
7. David Moncoutie (F), Cofidis, 0:24
8. Wim Van Huffel (B), Davitamon-Lotto
9. Jose Gomez Marchante (Sp), Saunier Duval, 0:45
10. Francisco Mancebo (Sp), Illes Balears, 0:59

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Old 06-13-05, 01:02 AM
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Originally Posted by DEKKERFAN
Boy it sure would be great if he were on Discovery now to help Lance in his last Tour.
Surely that would not be allowed. By T-Mobile or the UCI.
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Vino, if he goes to Discovery, won't do so until next season.
So he wouldn't be on the same team as Lance.
If he rides for T-mobile this year(which he does/will) , he will ride to win at
the tour. Also fits his statements he is going to try for GC, Jan be damned.
This was also reported on OLN by Ligget/Sherwin yesterday.
Perfect way to keep Discovery in contention for the Tour while
Popovich and Danielson develop.

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Old 06-13-05, 11:00 AM
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They also reported this "possibility" yesterday on OLN during the Cyclism. I doubt TMobile would want to lose him, but if Discovery has the money, the money talks.
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Old 06-13-05, 11:30 AM
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When's the last time Vino rode for a team other than T-Mobile (Deutsche Telekom doesn't count - same team)? 1999? 2000?
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Old 06-13-05, 12:24 PM
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Discovery (USPS) does use contracts as a way of eliminating chief contenders. Roberto Heras is an excellent example. And with motivation to increase depth for protour events, it would make sense to pursue the idea with Vino.

T-mobile has a way of non-committing to its riders. The prospect of no clear team leader also must be disheartening to individuals. Many individual careers have stiffled under T-mobile leadership. Paolo Savoldelli is another perfect example. Vino would love a chance at having a full on dedicated team to support one of his tour efforts. I think under those conditions, be just might be invinceable as a tour rider.
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Old 06-13-05, 07:02 PM
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What's it going to take for Discovery to have enough faith in Popovych to promote him for the tour next year? Does he have to win the Vuelta? If Disco doesn't pick up Vino after this years' tour, then Popo is their main man for next year.

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Old 06-13-05, 07:06 PM
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I'd say a top five finish for Popo will give Bruyneel enough confidence in him to make him their main guy for the Tour next year. Of course, Azevedo will do very well again this year. I think Popovych could win the Vuelta if he peaked for it.
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