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How much did USPS offer Acqua Sapone boys???no spoiler(4 posts)

How much did USPS offer Acqua Sapone boys???no spoilereschelon
Sep 27, 2002 5:38 AM
I watched the stage yesterday and wondered to myself, where are the other 3 Posties? And why are the two Acqua Sapone boys working so damn hard at the front only to get blown out towards the end of the climb?...then it made sense: USPS must have made an attractive offer to those two boys to have them work so hard at the front. Acqua Sapone doesn't have any high GC riders and basically, if it isn't a flat sprint finish in the Vuelta, these boys' race is basically finished and its just a waiting game for the Vuelta to finish...so why not make some extra money and/or a contract from USPS for next year?

And as I listened to Paul, Bob, and Phil...they did mention and question as to why Acqua and Sapone was helping USPS at the front...but they (purposely) eluded the fact that the Acqua Sapone boys were given some kind of incentive by USPS to ride for them in the front...I mean Roberto is extremly important for Lance to have on the team and I'm sure it is of paramount concern for Lance that Roberto is kept happy on the USPS team with money and support being that Lance is set to win 5 next year.

Hey whatever...that's why I like and get into road racing thing...there's strategy and politics involved...it's a thinking man's sport. I'm not going to even talk about mountain biking.
Banesto, too. Phil and Paul thought that it may be becausebill
Sep 27, 2002 6:40 AM
Kelme worked everyone so damn hard earlier in the race that they just pissed everyone off.
re: How much did USPS offer Acqua Sapone boys???no spoilerNo_sprint
Sep 27, 2002 8:00 AM
It is my understanding that small deals are simply a part of cycling in the pro Euro peloton. The $5,000/$10,000 deal is standard procedure over there as I've heard.
Questionsms
Sep 27, 2002 1:49 PM
1. Who gets the money, the team or individual riders?

2. Is this legal?