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Heras said it himself...........(6 posts)

Heras said it himself...........CARBON110
Sep 28, 2003 7:18 PM
He will ride to win the TDF in 2005. This meaning Lance will not contest the TDF 05?? Heras contract with USPS is up at end of 2004. I was under the impression Lance signed with Subaru and others until like 06. Thoughts?
He's a tour contender...Sprint-Nick
Sep 28, 2003 7:50 PM
Just like Tyler Hamilton he's a tour contender. Why would he stand behind a guy like Lance Armstrong forever? Tyler Hamilton said it best when he said riding for Lance Armstrong was an important stage in his career... its easy to come to the conclusion Heras is doing the same thing.

As for Armstrong he's getting into his mid-30's... the guy has to be beginning to think about retirement if his body isn't doing it for him.

-Nick
re: Heras said it himself...........Bruno S
Sep 28, 2003 8:35 PM
Heras can ride for another team against Armstrong in 05. As for Lance plan's he is saying next year's Tour may not be the last at the end of this interview:

http://www.msnbc.com/news/972739.asp

PS- he is also saying that he will start training later for the Tour than in previous years. It doesn't sound like a good plan but I guess everybody eventually burns out.
Isn't Postal's contract up at the end of '04???biknben
Sep 29, 2003 6:18 AM
I could be wrong but isn't Postals contract with the team set to expire at the end of '04. It was my understanding that it was more than a coincidence that it would also be Lance's sixth victory (if it were to happen). If that is right, I would expect Postal
i and
Lance to pull the plug next year.

In an interview at the SF GP, Lance put emphasis on next year's Tour and the olympics which follow. Nothing was mentioned beyond that. The interviewer mentioned that this could have been his last SF GP and he seemed to go along with that.
Postal is 2004 But Johan owns the infrastructureteoteoteo
Sep 29, 2003 6:40 AM
So everyone knows USPS is ending sponsorship at the end of but what they don't know is that Johan owns all of the team infrastructure. Things like team the nice team bus, mechanics trucks etc. He leases the items to tailwind sports (the force behind USPS).

Also notice that Johan has been signing lots of young talent, Belgian and American. The team will not go away but just take on a new primary sponsor. Berry Floors in Belgian and has long been invovled in cycling. I don't know that they could float the whole team but I don't think Johan will struggle to find a good sponsor to take over the deal.

As for the young riders know that USPS signed a American named Pat McCarty. As of a a week ago he is 2nd in the UCI rankings for U-23 riders. He's a great climber and can time trial too. He won some big U23 stage races this year and has a great Palmares. He lives in Belgium and races under the USA Cycling Espoirs squad. His plan all along was to hone his skills in Europe and make the jump to the pro ranks.

Look for a full interview and article in the next issue of VeloNews by yours truly. The guy can flat out ride and has been "flying under the radar" for a while....
Cool...Thanks for clearing that up a little!!! nmbiknben
Sep 29, 2003 6:47 AM