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Will this story gain momentum?(4 posts)

Will this story gain momentum?chopper
Jun 4, 2002 1:56 PM

Acqua & Sapone - in solidarity with Saeco - calls up the Italian teams to boycot the Tour de France 2003: Santoni: "Solidarieta' alla Saeco, disertiamo il Tour 2003"

The irony of this is 2003 is the centennary edition of the The Tour and I think they would actually prefer that Italian teams did boycott so every crappy French team could participate.
Jun 4, 2002 2:00 PM
Sponsors have too much to lose for their teams to boycott the Tour, unless the boycott itself is able to generate a lot of publicity. Saeco and Aqua e Sapone are just at the sour grapes level.

As an aside, can we try to keep this thread on the boycott topic, and not an arguement about whether or not Saeco and A&S should be in the Tour?
Not totally sour grapesStmbtDave
Jun 4, 2002 2:48 PM
Saeco may be into a boycott as sour grapes but I don't know about Aqua & Sapone. Cipo and LeBlanc have had an ongoing fued and LeBlanc was on notice that Cipo wouldn't ride even if his team was selected. There was never any you're in / you're out issue with A&S the way there was with Saeco. Cipo recognizes that the TDF is run by a dictator and he will have no part of it. If there truly is an Italian boycott, each team must have its own reasons.

anyone refuse?DougSloan
Jun 4, 2002 3:15 PM
Has any invited team ever refused to go?