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7 guys instead of 12 on US World Championship team?(8 posts)

7 guys instead of 12 on US World Championship team?niednagl
Oct 4, 2002 5:33 AM
Does anyone know why we're only sending a team of 7 to the World Championship road race this sunday? Did the UCI limit our number of entries based on riders' point totals, or did US cycling decide we only had 7 guys who were fit enough to race?
US CyclingTJeanloz
Oct 4, 2002 5:47 AM
USA Cycling decided that they had seven guys who could be competitive at worlds and were willing to go. So, they're sending only 7. Doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but then again, not much at USA Cycling does.
I thought it was a points systemMcAndrus
Oct 4, 2002 6:52 AM
I've read where the number of riders per nation is decided on the nation's total UCI points over the year. That's why you see places like Lower Slobovia having only one rider at the Worlds.
Right...Wayne
Oct 4, 2002 7:00 AM
we're ranked 7th in the world, top 10 nations get 12 riders. Lance skews our standings since he has so many points. Without him, we'd drop out of the top 10 but still wouldn't be fielding our full compliment of 8 riders.
Not the UCI...Wayne
Oct 4, 2002 6:55 AM
you get a certain number of riders based on your countries ranking. We're in the top tier, so we get 12. I don't know if only sending 7 has anything to do with USA cycling or if that's all of the pros that applied.
does it matter?DougSloan
Oct 4, 2002 8:51 AM
Do these guys end up riding "for" their pro teams anyway? Seems like that's where their loyalties might lie.

Doug
Guido says he is taking his orders from US Cycling . . .Look381i
Oct 4, 2002 9:04 AM
Even though Trenti could be most suspect for non-US alliances -- Mario, A & S, the italian team -- he seems adamant that his riding will be in support of the US effort. I have always thought that national alliances trump team alliances, but I know there have been notable (or suspected) exceptions involving internecine rivalries and intra-team cooperation.
Sometimes....Wayne
Oct 4, 2002 12:00 PM
but not usually. The only time I can remember this recently coming into play was the olympic road race when Vinokourov didn't attack the German's b/c of his trade team connection. It seems more common that guys on the same National team backstab one another because of their own personal ambitions over-ride their national team loyalty.

Where this conflict of trade teams vs. national teams occurs more often is in cyclocross. But thats because there are only a handful of teams, nations, and individual riders at the front of most races and world cup races in addition to the world champs are based on national teams.