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TDF News: Saeco Out / Jean Delatour in(7 posts)

TDF News: Saeco Out / Jean Delatour inAlpedhuez55
Jun 3, 2002 8:16 AM
It looks like they have kicked Saeco out of the TDF due to Simoni's positive tests for Cocaine. Here is a line to the Velo News article:

http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/2324.0.html

Coast would have been a much better choice than Jean Delatour. I guess it is their show and they run it like they want to. I can understand not taking Cipo's team even though he is having a good year. He never finishes the race. I just think Coast would have made a better addition to the tour.
Frogs are desperate for a win. Stacking the deck (NM)Paul
Jun 3, 2002 9:00 AM
Frogs are desperate for a win. Stacking the deck (NM)raboboy
Jun 3, 2002 10:58 AM
I don't know if I would call 6 out of 21 teams 'stacking'. As was said here previously, there are always more italian teams in the Giro, and more spainish teams in the Vuelta. You can't blame the organizers for showcasing their own country's riders... it is after all the tour of FRANCE.

That being said, I do think Coast would have been a better choice, or even Panaria.
Cipo has stated that the TDF is run like a dictatorshipPaul
Jun 4, 2002 3:24 AM
and wouldn't ride in it even if he was invited. The French will put in a weak French div. 2 over a good div. 1 foreign team. That's what i don't like, plus the way they hounded the Postal team. Italians overall, are the best riders. Have the most members ranked in the UCI. In the TDF, I believe there are 5 Italian teams. Part of the idea is to promote cycling world wide, and get good div.1 teams in. When was the last time a Frenchman won the TDF?

I like what Cipo said. With Simoni out, Lance will have to get sick or fall off his bike to lose. Tyler, even if in best of form, can't beat Lance.
Cipo in TDFStmbtDave
Jun 3, 2002 9:25 AM
I understand Cipo said he wouldn't ride in TDF even if his team is selected. His comment was the TDF was run like a dictatorship. I wonder how he got that impression.
True, Cipo doesn't want to race TDFTig
Jun 3, 2002 12:37 PM
He stated that he wouldn't ride it back in late March or early April, before the teams were announced. It makes more sense for his Italian sponsers to do well in the Giro anyway.
yeah what a surprize..cyclopathic
Jun 3, 2002 10:08 AM
here's post from le tour:
http://www.letour.fr/2002/us/infos/equipes.html