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May I safely assume (about USPS)?(3 posts)

May I safely assume (about USPS)?ClydeTri
Sep 16, 2002 8:58 AM
May I safely assume that the way the posties were numbered implied who they wished to support to victory? Was Hincappie number 1 because he won last year or because he was the one they wanted to win the race? Who decides how the rest of the team is numbered? Can you read into numbering the pecking order or caste system? Just curious..waht were Ekimov's and Lances numbers?
Not sure about answers, but know Lance = #2, Ekimov = #4 (nm)jtferraro
Sep 16, 2002 9:02 AM
most pro races automatically assign #1 to the prior year winnerlonefrontranger
Sep 16, 2002 9:04 AM
USPS merely got the numbering "rights" because GH won last year.

To answer your other questions, LA was #2 and Eki was #4. Most US races don't bother to "assign" numbers beyond the designated leader.

In the TDF there is often a "hierarchy" of numbering, i.e. number 1, x1 and xx1 are always the team leaders, #2, x2 and xx2 are the "first lieutenant" and/or team captain (assuming the designated leader isn't the brains of the bunch) and (I believe) 5, x5 and xx5 are often the sprinters. I forget the rest.