|Chann McRae working for US Postal in the Vuelta||peloton|
Aug 25, 2001 7:47 PM
|Chann McRae just came to an agreement with US Postal to go and represent the team in the Vuelta. That's great for Heras, he really has a great team to back him up now. Now Postal just needs someone who can win the Giro...
Telekom also announced that they have built their entire team around Eric Zabel for the Vuelta. His form is still good, and he has the motivation to race more. It will be interesting to see how he fares there too.
The Vuelta could be real interesting this year. I'm looking forward to it. Any predictions for a winner? I think I'm going to have to stick with Heras. It will be interesting to see what Pantani brings too.
|Chann McRae gets an audition with USPS....||Niwot|
Aug 26, 2001 2:21 PM
|USPS is still looking to hire some bench strength for next year. Hamilton won't be back, he'll be with CSC next year. It's also likely that others (Vasseur, White, maybe Kjaergaard) will also be elsewhere next year.
USPS also needed some capable riders to support Heras in Spain, given that many of their top riders (Armstrong, Hamilton, Hincapie, Kjaergaard) will ride Thom Weisel's San Francisco race instead of the Vuelta. It's a good opportunity for McRae, hope he does well.
I bet some of the other Mercury riders are trying to get similar opportunities, given that they haven't been paid in months and may not have a team (or at least not a team that rides in Europe) in 2002.
As for the Vuelta: I agree Heras is the favorite. Igor Gonzales de Galdeano is a strong second choice, and he is a better time trialist than Heras. Should be very interesting.