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Tour to USA???(7 posts)

Tour to USA???russw19
Mar 6, 2003 9:34 AM
Anyone else see this yet?
This is a cut and paste from Cyclingnews.com
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While the Tour de France has often made incursions on foreign soil, either for the "grand départ" or selected stages, the race has never left Europe. That could change if a plan to take the race to New York comes to fruition. The Outdoor Life Network (OLN), which broadcasts the Tour de France in the United States, has put forth a plan to take the 2005 Tour start to New York.

"We'd love it," said Roger Williams, president and chief executive officer of OLN. "It's a win for everybody," he told Darren Tulett of Bloomberg News in Paris.

The idea, which OLN noted is in its earliest phase, could feature stages through Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. before a return to France. The Société du Tour de France, which this year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the race, has welcomed the idea of expanding its global reach.

"Professional cycling is becoming ever more global, and the Tour de France is the sport's flagship,'' said Tour director Jean-Marie Leblanc. "When cities like New York show an interest, it shows how big the race has become."

Leblanc may be interested, but the logistical hurdles to transferring the world's biggest bike race across an ocean are substantial. "We have to see if all the complications would be countered by the publicity gained by going to New York," Leblanc cautioned. "Sporting interests must be put before financial interests."

So far, the mayor of New York appears interested in pursuing the idea. "We would be delighted to discuss the possibility of New York City hosting any stage of the Tour de France," said Jennifer Falk, a spokeswoman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

American Lance Armstrong, who will challenge for his fifth consecutive Tour win this summer, is equally enthusiastic about the idea. "Why not bring one of the world's greatest sporting events to arguably the world's greatest city?" Armstrong asked. "I hope they do it, and in a hurry, before I retire."
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Russ
re: time for Tour de Trump nmcyclopathic
Mar 6, 2003 9:42 AM
Don't see it being possible.Ian
Mar 6, 2003 10:19 AM
I was reading Cycle Sport this morning and there was the same type of proposal to bring the prologue and first couple of stages to Canada. Either there or in New York, I see the logistical hurdles being to great. Think about what would have to be done; riders, support staff and all of the equipment brought to NY at least one week prior, both to adjust to the time and prep equipment. Then have the prologue and stage 1 and 2. Then on the off day, fly back to Europe, most likely to France, and race the following day. Now we have jet lagged riders, and unless they are going to use military cargo planes, they will have needed to have an extra set of equipment standing by and ready in France.

Don't get me wrong, were they to come to NY, I would be the first in line to buy a ticket to get up there. But, I just don't see it being possible in the current format of the race.

Ian
my thoughts exactly (nm)joekm
Mar 6, 2003 10:56 AM
I'd say keep it in France. Logistics, dual-markets, yeeesh. nmSpunout
Mar 6, 2003 11:04 AM
Yeah right....filtersweep
Mar 6, 2003 1:48 PM
....when restaurants are renaming "French Fries" to "Freedom Fries" ??
Bah.Ahimsa
Mar 6, 2003 6:52 PM
No thanks.

American marketing execs would have a field day ruining it for us.

Last thing the world needs is...

DISNEY'S ALL-STAR ALL MICKEY EVENT PRESENTATION OF the tour de france FEATURING "THE ROCK" and brought to you by General Motors, Phillip Morris, and your friends at McDonalds

Sheeit, they'd probably call it Tour de Bud Light.

Blech. I'll be the first to protest it.
It's called the TDF for a reason.

A.