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Old 01-23-09, 05:54 PM
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ToC Domestique to cheer for...

I'm going to be on the sidelines for a few Tour of California events.

I'd like to vociferously cheer for some domestique that has no chance of winning anything. Someone who no one else will cheer for.

Things I'm looking for:

Very new to the pros (close second: very close to retirement (35+))
No pro results to speak of
Doesn't speak English

BIG PLUS: first time visiting the United States


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Old 01-23-09, 05:57 PM
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Haha, this is awesome.
You should make banners and stuff!
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Old 01-23-09, 05:59 PM
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The race has announced the teams, the teams haven't announced their rosters. The neo-pros and almost has-beens will probably be the last ones to get picked. Ask again in about 3 weeks.

In your search for a no-hoper though, I'd concentrate on the French guys.
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Old 01-23-09, 06:10 PM
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Alexandre Pliushin

https://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?...n09/jan23news2

he seems to meet the requirements if he makes the trip.
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Old 01-23-09, 06:20 PM
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Find some skinny little Dutch kid on Rabobank to cheer for, or some Frog on AG2R.
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Old 01-23-09, 07:24 PM
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Valeriy Kobzarenko of Team Type 1...

not a bad rider, has raced in the US, and not that old either.

So, on second thought consider this a plug for TT1 rather than a response to your request.

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Old 01-23-09, 09:07 PM
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He lives in morristown, my usual stomping grounds for training. +1 for NJ riders
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Old 01-23-09, 09:13 PM
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I just want to say that this is the coolest idea on bikeforums. If I were a run-of-the-mill kind of pro that never wins or gets any recognition, that would be the coolest thing ever.
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Old 01-24-09, 12:12 AM
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I'd offer up BISSELL'S Frank Pipp. He's a Yooper, so his English isn't so good, eh?

He almost didn't have a team this year.
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Old 01-24-09, 12:20 AM
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Originally Posted by ElJamoquio View Post
I'm going to be on the sidelines for a few Tour of California events.

I'd like to vociferously cheer for some domestique that has no chance of winning anything. Someone who no one else will cheer for.

Things I'm looking for:

Very new to the pros (close second: very close to retirement (35+))
No pro results to speak of
Doesn't speak English

BIG PLUS: first time visiting the United States


Recommendations?
Tommeke Danielson!
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Old 01-24-09, 12:41 AM
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I wouldn't call him a domestique but Rory Sutherland seems like a great guy. I watched him all of last year and he had a great season...I kept up with his diary during the ToC and he seemed very real about it all.

Seems like a great guy to route for...
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Old 01-24-09, 03:08 PM
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Unless you're drawing him a map, it's root.
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Tommeke Danielson!
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Grrrrreat idea!!!!

about 10 years ago (or longer) I was at the start of Gent-Wevelgem. Museeuw, Van Petegem and all the big names of that era were there, and a massive crowd gathered around them, so I decided to have a chat with a less known rider. I soon noticed a guy standing on the side in a US postal jesey. I started a conversation with the man, who turned out to be real friendly. It was George Hincapy and a couple of years later he wasn't unknown anymore.

The younger guys are (almost) always friendly and very easy to approach.

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Old 01-24-09, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by biffstephens View Post
I wouldn't call him a domestique but Rory Sutherland seems like a great guy. I watched him all of last year and he had a great season...I kept up with his diary during the ToC and he seemed very real about it all.

Seems like a great guy to route for...
If they have an internet diary or blog that people read they're automatically DQ'ed from this selection.
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Old 01-24-09, 04:58 PM
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Go to the course the evening before and chalk his name somewhere on the road.

I second the banner
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Old 01-24-09, 05:22 PM
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I say we make them the official BF domestique for the season and collectively cheer him on at all events. Why stop at the ToC ??
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I say we make them the official BF domestique for the season and collectively cheer him on at all events. Why stop at the ToC ??
YES! We should make a fan site and post his results up. Even if he DNF's or finishes 120th, we should cheer him on.
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Fan site, heck how bout a sticky thread? Just post pictures of different BF'ers at events cheering him on.
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Old 01-25-09, 05:38 AM
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Pick a neo-pro that does not look the part.
Someone who fits no bill of TT'er, sprinter, or climber.

Basically a kid that got there because he had just enough mental strength to do something more than be an IT drone at the local Euro Corp.
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Originally Posted by broerie View Post
Grrrrreat idea!!!!

about 10 years ago (or longer) I was at the start of Gent-Wevelgem. Museeuw, Van Petegem and all the big names of that era were there, and a massive crowd gathered around them, so I decided to have a chat with a less known rider. I soon noticed a guy standing on the side in a US postal jesey. I started a conversation with the man, who turned out to be real friendly. It was George Hincapy and a couple of years later he wasn't unknown anymore.

The younger guys are (almost) always friendly and very easy to approach.
That reminds me of an experience at the Tour de Trump from the late 80's. I went with some friends to watch a stage, and we were waiting at the top of a climb in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. It was cold, and kind of drizzling, if I remember correctly. One of my friends was a US citizen, but originally from Colombia. When a rider from South America struggled by, she started cheering him on, in perfect Spanish, of course. The poor guy almost fell over from the whiplash as his head swung around in surprise!
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Old 01-25-09, 08:49 PM
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I really like this idea. I hope to watch at least the Palomar stage, so I should be in a position to cheer for someone.

I started looking at teams, and I think AG2R has the highest possibility of having such a rider. Other teams include Astana (if they bring some new Kaz rider), Cervelo, Saxo Bank, and Liquigas. But AG2R seems to be a good one.

I'll see if I can't figure out a good rider to follow.

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Old 01-25-09, 09:11 PM
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I am in with the concept.

I will participate, despite my reservations about potentially cheering for a French dude.

Just, please, no Euro-mullets?
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How about Kiel Reijnan. Moved from the development Waste Management squad last year to Jelly Belly this year, put up a great performance at the Tour of Hainan (5th on GC), and might just make the ToC squad.
Plus, I raced against him all last collegiate season. Me and him in a break, I'm 1st wheel he's 3rd:
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Originally Posted by ElJamoquio View Post
I'm going to be on the sidelines for a few Tour of California events.

I'd like to vociferously cheer for some domestique that has no chance of winning anything. Someone who no one else will cheer for.

Things I'm looking for:

Very new to the pros (close second: very close to retirement (35+))
No pro results to speak of
Doesn't speak English

BIG PLUS: first time visiting the United States


Recommendations?
Hi, I'm going to be in California for a week and would really like to stalk someone. I like cyclists so preferably I would like it to be a cyclist. Even better if he is really niave, say like new to the country and doesn't speak the language kind of a slave or domestique . Otherwize I would also consider an older dude who cant get away that easy!

Cheers

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