|In case you missed it: Kelme, Domina lose licenses||Elefantino|
Jan 9, 2004 10:42 AM
|UCI announced its D1 teams today. Kelme and Domina Vacanze aren't on the list.
Chocolade Jacques Wincor and R.A.G.T Semences are, though.
|Does it matter?||Dwayne Barry|
Jan 9, 2004 12:08 PM
|I haven't really been following this whole issue, are only D1 teams permitted in the Grand Tours and WC races? I kinda get the impression that's the case, but if it's not, what does it matter whether you're division 1 or 2?|
Jan 9, 2004 12:27 PM
|Some D2 teams in Le Tour. (Credit Agrical was a few years ago).|
|It sure does matter. No Kelme, then I'm not going to Tour .||Elefantino|
Jan 9, 2004 3:04 PM
|The fact that I can't afford it again has nothing to do with it.
|Kelme, the shoe company, is having bankrupcy issues...nm||russw19|
Jan 9, 2004 4:17 PM
|Division II teams often make Grand Tours||russw19|
Jan 9, 2004 4:26 PM
|Usually they make the Grand Tour of their country, but Div II teams are always at the Grand Tours. Every year there are about 3 or 4 Italian Div II teams in the Giro and 3 or 4 Div II Spanish teams in the Vuelta. And usually 1 or 2 French D II teams make Le Tour.
Examples from 2003....
Flanders Iteamnova, Marlux, Paneria, Mercatone Uno, BigMat Auber 93, MBK, DeNardi Colpak, Bankgirolottery (sp?), and Columbia Selle Italia all road Grand Tours last year.
For some teams like Colpak and most likely for Domina Vacanze this year, there is a lot of benefit to staying Div II. The amount it costs to race at the Div I level is much higher, and if your team doesn't have aspirations of racing a lot of the bigger races, it makes sense to stay in Div II. Div II teams still make some of the Grand Tours, just not as many make Le Tour, and they get invites to many of the Spring Classics as well. There are tons of races on the calendar and Div II teams will still get plenty of rides in those races.
|Yes, I know that was the case in the past...||Dwayne Barry|
Jan 12, 2004 4:50 AM
|but I thought that may have changed this year.|| |