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Tour de California...(3 posts)

Tour de California...george_da_trog
Feb 4, 2004 1:03 PM
Has anyone seen this yet....

I've been off the forum for a bit, so I hope this hasn't been posted already.

re: Tour de California...laffeaux
Feb 4, 2004 1:33 PM
I've not seen that.

I hope the date is not really in February. I could imagine a lot of racer not at their peak riding in the rain. It might end up being a cyclocorss event at that time of year.

Otherwise it's a great idea. I hope it pans out.
re: Tour de California...I See It Like This....CdaleSteve
Feb 5, 2004 9:59 AM
First, worst website ever, but great idea.
I think that February is an intersting pick. Racing has begun to pick up around this time of year and the spring/summer calender is already full. Plus its more relaxed around this time without a rush to get to another race immediately, so the travel time isn't as important. They will want Euro pros and February is when they can get them. Lets face it, right now many pros are getting warmed up at the Tour of Quatar and Langkawi. But would you rather go to barren Quatar with the "podium girl" shown on another thread, or go to California with I guarantee the best podium girls in sport they can find, great scenery, and cyclings richest purse?.
I predict a flood of euro teams to this race, and Quatar possibly being left empty. The only thing that will stop them is sponsorship concerns. For top teams I see Saeco, CSC, T-Mobile, Liberty Seguras, Gerosteiner, Phonak, and many division 2 teams with interest in selling product or with a product that can enter the U.S. market as coming. But teams like Rabobank, Lotto, Credit agricole, Lampre, Cofidis, Kelme... have no interests in the U.S.
Still, because they chose February, I think in a few years this has the potential to be so big that there's no room for 7-Ups, Schroeder Iron, Saturns and other domestics.