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Bob Stapleton of T-Mobile and pro cycling changes

Old 07-31-07, 11:19 AM
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Bob Stapleton of T-Mobile and pro cycling changes

Just listened to the interview with Bob Stapleton and he seems to understand the true problems with getting this sport to grow (ASO vs UCI). It was interesting listening to his idea of possibly scrapping the present structure of pro cycling and starting with something that works going forward. Question: with the egos, traditions, and the various national interests involved, can it happen? Because I really think if this and the doping issues could be resolved, pro cycling could easily rank at the top of world wide viewership. Think of the untapped Asian market. If only I were King for a day!
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Could you tell me where was this interview?

Also, if you could ask him a question or two what would you ask him?

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The spat between the UCI and ASO is only part of a bigger problem - most of the people who run cycling are ex-cyclists. They are not (as in other sports) people with business backgrounds and good academic records. Of course some ex-cyclists could be good at running the sport - but so many suggests that the sport needs to look outside of its circle to attract talent and make change.

I have a question for Stapleton: Why is it so hard to find sponsors for teams that race in the Tour - all those people on the side of the road must be worth pitching something to.
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Velo News was where the interview was taped. Stapleton made it sound like T-Mobile was going to stick around as a sponsor even if with all the doping fall out.
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