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Take a stage and you can win whats behind door #2(7 posts)

Take a stage and you can win whats behind door #2funknuggets
May 27, 2003 7:28 AM
Check out this pic. Is it normal for stage winners to get odd prizes in the pros? Take a look at a pic from stage 16 in the Giro. I wont say his name... I don't want to get caught up in that whole "spoiler" debate. But Im sure this will likely rile someone up. I just hope it isn't Doug. However, the point of my conversation is this... did this guy just win a COFFEEPOT? Not sure I would risk life and limb... literally for this particular guy. (See previous stage)

Just curious...
Chris
whoops....funknuggets
May 27, 2003 7:33 AM
that's a useful prizemohair_chair
May 27, 2003 7:43 AM
At the Tour, they sometimes give you a pig or a cow or a horse. Unless you own a farm, what are you supposed to do with live animals? It's not like you can take them with you on the team bus.

Marc Wauters won a diamond on the Tour stage into Antwerp in 2001. I think it was worth about $40K. He also won the yellow jersey that day, which was probably more exciting, because I'll bet he had to split the diamond with the team.

I think it was Frankie Andreu who won a race in Poland where they handed him a pig. He held the pig for photos, but when he walked off the podium, he handed the pig to some random person and walked away. I probably would be a little more tactful about it (I'm sure there's a needy family somewhere that could use it), but did they really expect him to keep it?
Don't you get it?Continental
May 27, 2003 8:08 AM
The podium girl fixes the coffee in the morning.
Paging "iwannapodiumgirlwhomakescoffeeformethenextday" nmpitt83
May 27, 2003 8:31 AM
re: Take a stage and you can win whats behind door #2orange_julius
May 27, 2003 8:54 AM
DeLonghi is a company that makes coffee equipments. So it
makes sense that they sneaked one of their products in for
the photo op. If the race were sponsored by, say Berry
Floor or ONCE, what additional prizes will they give the
winners? A new hardwood floor for his/her choice
of house? 30 lottery tickets? Do Domina Vacanze riders
get free trips? :-)

Come to think of it, cycling is often sponsored by companies
that are quite far removed from cycling. For example:
- Berry Floor
- Mapei (paint and building materials)
- Acqua e Sapone (translates to water and soap)
- Domina Vacanze (hotel / tour operator)
- US Postal Service
- Saeco (also coffee)
- FDJeux (lottery)
- Lotto (lottery)
- ONCE (more lottery)
- Rabobank (bank)
- Credit Agricole (bank)
- Landbouwcrediet (yet another bank!)
- Credit Lionnaise (agh! another bank!)
- Banesto (more bank!)
- Phonak (hearing system)
- etc.
There are probably pharmaceutical companies, and in all
likelihood these pharma companies sell drugs that are
banned in cycling.

What does Lance Armstrong do with all the Credit Lionnaise
stuffed lions that he has won over the years? Do they
circulate around eBay???
Do you think that Domina Vacanze could get hotelBrooks
May 27, 2003 9:34 AM
rooms for their team if invited to le Tour? Just one of the reasons given not to add a 23rd team is logistics. But they (DV) are a tour/trip operator!