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Whoa...Mapei to pull out of cycling(14 posts)

Whoa...Mapei to pull out of cyclingBipedZed
Jun 25, 2002 10:03 AM
This cannot be good.

Story from Eurosport
and i thought all publicity was good publicitywarriorcharge
Jun 25, 2002 10:17 AM
That's one way to get rid of doping.........Dave Hickey
Jun 25, 2002 10:18 AM
Hit them where it hurts. If the top sponsors pull out because of doping, it's going to force the sport to clean itself up.
It kind of makes you wondergrandemamou
Jun 25, 2002 10:24 AM
why cycling is trying so hard to get rid of drugs. I thought it was to improve their image as a clean sport to attract and keep sponsors.

Oh well, so much for that theory!!!!!!!!
Were they already out of the tour ?(nm)PatM
Jun 25, 2002 10:37 AM
Hell no (nm).Sintesi
Jun 25, 2002 10:44 AM
I was thinking of SaecoPatM
Jun 25, 2002 10:49 AM
Well with them out - now who gets in ?
Does the Paris High School have a cycling team ?
LOL. ( nm)Sintesi
Jun 25, 2002 11:04 AM
Jun 25, 2002 10:47 AM
This has little, if anything to do with the Tour de France, which was never of particular importance to Mapei.

Giorgio Squinzi, owner of Mapei, has been one of cycling's great patrons over the last 20 years, and his departure, though threatened for years, is a serious blow to the sport. He ran consistently the best team in the world, spared no expense doing it, and did everything he could to help his riders. The doping scandel that hit Mapei at the Giro is particularly embarrassing for Squinzi, as he has always privately insisted that his riders be clean, and publically maintained that they were. I suspect it was a real blow to his ego, as it proved that he didn't have control over the team that he had developed. He is more likely doing this because he sees professional cycling as a lost cause that needs tough love than because of a business decision.
Flash news: Garzelli and Pantani shocked!!!!!...eschelon
Jun 25, 2002 11:12 AM
Reliable anonymous sources close to Garzelli, Pantani, and other known "clean riders" who regularly claim some conspiracy is afoot against them being competitive said they didn't undertstand why Mapei was shutting down. They said they weren't dopers...rather everyone else was. They both claimed they just didn't understand the whole mess cycling was in.

Reuters Press...
Can you say "bargain C-40s with Mapei paintjobs?" (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 25, 2002 11:09 AM
Where do I get on the waiting list? nmMcAndrus
Jun 25, 2002 11:50 AM
Who will take the pickings?mr_spin
Jun 25, 2002 11:21 AM
Bettini, Tafi, Garzelli, Nardello, where will they end up?

Lots of teams must be salivating over Evans, too. Best bet for him is probably Credit Agricole, which is very Australian friendly and could use help for Moreau, who he would eventually replace as leader.

If USPS were smart, it would pick up any of the Italians so it can win a classic next year. Sorry George, you had your chances!
Ooh. This could be a great thread.McAndrus
Jun 25, 2002 12:04 PM
Just like fantasy baseball trades.

- Tafi to USPS so George gets one more shot at PR.
- Bettini - Saeco
- Evans - Credit Agricole or Rabobank
- Nardello - Telekom and Bobby Julich is released
- Garzelli - Division II or III team