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Americans Have Their Day...it's a SPOILER!!(10 posts)

Americans Have Their Day...it's a SPOILER!!QUiTSPiNiNArOuND
May 26, 2002 3:11 PM
Tyler Hamilton winning the individual time trial and lance armstrong winning the general classification in Midi-Libre shows you how powerful the Americans are starting to become. It's cool that it's just now Armstrong and the euopeon cats leading races now. Go USA!!
another SPOILER!!mmquest
May 26, 2002 7:15 PM
Yes, and TWO English speakers in the top three of the Giro. Cycling has come a long way in the English speaking world during the last twenty years...
Life Before Lancelnin0
May 26, 2002 7:26 PM
Where were you in the LATE 80's ??? Ever heard of guys like Greg Lemond, Davis Phinny and Andy Hampston???

Although America now seems to have a bigger contengency of pro riders (probably in large part due to the accomplishments of these men) I don't think you can say they are 'starting' to become a power-house, especially based on a single stage win in the Giro and Lance's lead in a mediocore mini-tour.

They were as much a power house in the late 80's as they have ever been today.
in the late 80's...QUiTSPiNiNArOuND
May 26, 2002 8:43 PM
I was about 2 yrs. old i belive, i dont remember a lot of what happnened back then
history is made...lnin0
May 26, 2002 9:47 PM
So if you where 2 years old when Greg Lemond won his first Tour ('86) that makes you around 18 today. I am glad to see young new riders enjoying the sport.

To help you out I am including a few names in American cycling you might have missed while you were theething - but I doubt any of these guys are powerhouses ;)

GREG LEMOND started racing at age 14. Won first 11 races entered. 1977- Won 27 of 47 races including 1st National Junior Road Championship, 1st overall, US Junior World's Trials. In 1978 - Won 20 of 60 races. In 1979 1st World's Junior Road Championship & 1st US Nat. Junior Road Championships. 1980 - 1st Overall, Circuit de la Sarthe; Stage win, 1st Lima Road race. 2nd Wildwood Criterium, NJ. and signed a pro contract with Team Renault-Elf. In 1982 - 2nd in World's Road Championships. 1983 - Wins World's Championship in Zurich and wins Super Prestige Pernod Trophy for Best Cyclist of the Year. Was the first American to win Tour de France 3 times in 1986,1989 and 1990. 1989 - Wins World Championship for 2nd time. named Sports Illustrated & Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year. 1991 awarded the Jesse Owens International Trophy as Athlete of the Year. In 1992 - Wins Tour of DuPont America's premier cycling event. 1994-Retirees from competition due to rare disease. He resides in Medina, MN.

DAVIS PHINNEY (born 1959 Boulder, Colorado) began competing in 1976 and continued until 1993. He competed with the USCF National Team from 1978-1984. During that time he won the National Team Time Trial Championship in 1982 and 1983. He was also the National Criterium Champion in 1983. In 1991 as a professional he won the USPRO National Road Championship in Philadelphia. He was a World Championship Team member from 1982-88 and again in 1991. In 1983 he won a gold medal in the Pan American Games in the 100K Time Trial. In 1984 he won an Olympic bronze in the 100K Time Trial and took 5th place in the Olympic Road Race.

He was credited by Velo News as the Winningest Cyclist in US History with over 300 National and International Category 1 and Professional victories. These victories include: 1979-88 all time record holder in Red Zinger/Coors International Bicycle Classic with 22 individual stage wins; 1981-87 seven time sprint points competition winner in Coors International; 1986 first American to win a road stage in the Tour de France; 1987 Tour de France stage winner; 1988 Coors International Bicycle Classic overall winner; 1988 Tour of the Americas overall winner and sprint points winner including three stage wins; 1988 Tour de France 2nd place in green jersey points competition; 1989 Tour de Trump two stage wins; 1991 Tour de Pont stage winner and overall sprint points competition winner. Davis is married to Connie Carpenter (1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Road Race). They have two children.

ANDY HAMPSTEN (born 1962 Boulder, Colorado)began his racing career in 1975 at age 15. He became a member of the National Team in 1979. His National awards include a 4th in the Junior Individual TT in 1978 and a gold in 1980 in the same event. He also finished 4th in the National Road Race that same year. He was a member of the 1984 gold medal team that won the Team Time Trial. His World Championship results include a bronze in the Team Time Trial at the 1979 Junior Worlds and a silver medal in 1980 in the same event. Andy rode on the National and World Teams as an amateur until 1983.

In 1985 he turned professional and rode on the World Professional Team from 1985-1995. During his professional career he rode with Levis/Raleigh, 7-Eleven, Motorola, LaVie Claire, Banesto, and US Postal. His major International Results are numerous and include: Coors Classic 2nd overall twice, 3rd overall, 4th overall twice, 5th, 7th and 8th overall; Tour de Trump stage win in 1990; Tour de Romandie 3rd overall twice, a stage win and overall 1st place in 1992; Tour de Pays Basque stage win in 1989;
Hampsten in the GiroWalter
May 27, 2002 6:15 AM
I didn't see that in your capsule. I Hamilton pulls it out he won't be the first American.
You left out...Jon Billheimer
May 27, 2002 6:36 AM
Alexi Grewal, John Howard, and Alex Stieda. They were all part of that early winning group, although Alex is Canadian, not American. That whole group, coached in '84 by Eddie B. was the winningest generation of American pros. What's different now is that we've got a Div. 1 team that has won the TdF three times now. That's raised the profile of American riders considerably. Also, the high calibre of some major American races are drawing the Euros over. I see this "internationalizing" of road cycling as possibly a similar phenomenon to what has happened to hockey in the last twenty years.
Hampsten won tour of Switzerland also n/t53x12
May 27, 2002 7:34 AM
But a dominant American Team is greatHBPat
May 27, 2002 8:52 AM
Postal has done more benefit to American Cycling than ever before. LeMonwon the Tour de France, I know more than once, and he was an exceptional rider. I can't help but think, the fact that Lance rides for a US team is doing incredible things for cycling here. It certainly isn't mainstream but awareness of cycling is at an all time high (at least during the month of July).
re: Americans Have Their Day...it's a SPOILER!!rufus
May 27, 2002 7:11 PM
and lets not forget jonathon boyer, the first american to ride for a european cycling team. not fantastic results, but he was the groundbreaker.