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Whoa ....... Kevin Livingston quits Telekom & Cycling(5 posts)

Whoa ....... Kevin Livingston quits Telekom & Cyclingflying
Jul 26, 2002 12:35 PM
From daily peleton

Kevin Livingston the fortunes of the Telekom team took another downturn tonight when the American surprisingly handed in his resignation.

"after discussions with my family I have decided to retire from cycle racing" said the American on Friday evening in Bourg en Bresse.

Livingston, whose contract runs out with Telekom at the end of the season, would like to spend more time with his wife and daughter in the future:

"it was a difficult decision ,but a definite one , I have made my mind up . Cycle racing is not everything."

The 28 year old will return to his hometown Austin Texas, after two unsuccessful years with the Telekom team .

The decision follows a verbal blasting from Team manager Walter Godefroot this morning about the Telekom teams performance in the Tour -

"..Kevin was bad. I expected a lot more from him in the mountains . His contract depends on a good showing in the Tour - I will have to speak to him personally - but if he wants to stay with us he must do a lot better ".
re: Whoa ....... Kevin Livingston quits Telekom & CyclingJon Billheimer
Jul 26, 2002 12:43 PM
Here's a thought from way out in left field. Is there a management/motivation problem in the Telekom organization? First, troubles with Ullrich, now Livingston? Maybe at least part of the problem resides with Godefroot or other key individuals within the organization?
re: Whoa ....... Kevin Livingston quits Telekom & Cyclingflying
Jul 26, 2002 1:08 PM
I tend to agree.
Just the fact that Godefroot would publicly
blast Livingston at the tour seems like poor management to me.
this is pro racing fellasspookyload
Jul 26, 2002 5:22 PM
These guys get paid very well to perform. What they do is not done for fun, and a manager on a pro team is no different than a manager on a football team. If a RB in football isn't making the grade, he will get traded. Cycling is no different. There is plenty of talent out there to replace him that will be there to help out Ulrich in the mountains like Herras has done for Armstrong. Look at any climber who can't TT worth a darn and you will find his replacement.
what smells badcyclopathic
Jul 27, 2002 8:59 AM
that it isn't Kevin only (Ullrich looses 6mo salary) so it looks like Telekom mng is chopping heads left/right to save his own and his will probably go down too. This usually doesn't translate well in good team spirit.