|Where did Levi go?||shirt|
Dec 4, 2001 9:11 PM
|There were all these reports that Levi left Postal and that he took Antonio Cruz and another guy with him, but I can't for the life of me find out where they're going?
|Levi went to Rabobank, Cruz?||climbo|
Dec 5, 2001 5:56 AM
|Rabobank have confirmed the signature of Levi Leipheimer and team manager Theo de Rooy has said that the team plans to ride both the Giro and the Tour next season. The American will support Michael Boogerd at the Giro, and the Dutchman will return the favour at the Tour.
De Rooy admitted that the Leipheimer deal came about by chance. Partly it was down to the ex-US Postal rider's startling performance at the Vuelta, where he finished third, but mostly it was the result of the decisions made by Brad McGee and Leon Van Bon to turn down offers to join the team, which left Rabobank with sufficient cash to make Leipheimer an offer when he became available.
In a PR release, De Rooy said that Leipheimer knew that he was joining a top class team, and the fact that the American had lived in Europe and knew a smattering of Dutch would help him to assimilate into the Rabobank set-up. De Rooy added: 'Leipheimer is not a favourite for the Tour, but he will be a challenger.'
After putting his mark on the dotted line and meeting his new team-mates last week, Leipheimer said he was looking forward to the challenges ahead. 'I like the way Rabobank ride,' he said before heading back to join his wif e at home in California. 'The Tour will be my major objective, but the team still has other interests. Of course you can't base your while season around the Tour like Lance Armstrong does and I will also be looking to win other races and help my team-mates in the classics for example.'
|Sounds like a bit of a shot at Lance...careful, Levi... (nm)||RhodyRider|
Dec 7, 2001 6:39 AM