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The Devil, what's his story?(8 posts)

The Devil, what's his story?RickyRacer
Jun 11, 2001 2:42 PM
The '99 tour got me really interested in stage racing and I just watched the last of the Giro. But I have a question about the devil. I saw him first in the tour two years ago, then last years tour and now in the giro. What's his story? The cameramen seem to spot him everywhere.
Thanks
re: The Devil, what's his story?jbrown2036
Jun 11, 2001 2:58 PM
I don't know for sure but Paul and Phil do seem to love to point out that he is German.
LOL, that's the only thing I know about himLazy
Jun 11, 2001 3:55 PM
Just because of those two. They're a riot. I can't wait for the TDF. The coverage is gonna rock, if the Giro was any indicator. Kudos to OLN!!!
re: The Devil, what's his story?Snyderman
Jun 12, 2001 5:32 PM
Here's a link to the Devil chasing Simoni...
re: The Devil, what's his story?Snyderman
Jun 12, 2001 5:33 PM
Well, that didn't seem to work. I'll just try posting the link here:

http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/2001/may01/giro3/FSsimdevil20.shtml
re: The Devil, what's his story?peloton
Jun 12, 2001 11:10 PM
His name is Didi Sventf (probably mispelled the last name), and he a a bicycle frame builder from Germany. That large bicycle that you sometimes see on the roadside near him is actually rideable, and was built by Didi. God knows how you would stop such a bike, and get off of it though. He's eccentric, but it's great to see him running like a madman after all the leaders in the mountains.
Plus, he's sponsored!rollo tommassi
Jun 13, 2001 5:36 PM
LUK is a German transmission parts company, and they sponsor him to 'do what he does'.

Hard to believe anyone would pay money for someone to prance around in red tights. Paying big money for guys to wear tight black lycra is one thing.......
Not hard to believe at all.Len J
Jun 14, 2001 6:23 AM
A sponsor want exposure to as many people as possible. Here we are in the U.S. & we can name the sponsor. I'd say that was pretty good bang for the buck. I have never watched a european race where I did not see the devil. Pretty efficient advertising.