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Roberto's leaving... Sign Horner now!!(9 posts)

Roberto's leaving... Sign Horner now!!shirt
Dec 3, 2003 9:14 PM
I don't blame Heras for wanting to bail. He'd rather be with his homeboys as numero uno on a yellow and red team, and I bet he's tired of being Lance's bizditch year in, year out. He'll never win the Tour, though.

Last I heard, Chris Horner was available. Actually, last I heard, I heard the sound of silence. I've said it here before and I'll say it again: Horner has become the grand master alpha male of the US peloton, which means it's time to make like a banana and you know what. I don't think he did that great over there a few years back, but the man is a different rider and utterly on top of his game. Postal has plenty of climbers to help the Poohbah (Tricky comes to mind) and I think Horner would slot right into that organization. As far as getting another US superstar, my feeling is that he'd be a more powerful asset than George. Possibly even put him directly into Heras' position, i.e., destroy yourself for Lance in the Tour, and we'll let you do what you can in the Vuelta, and if you're really good we'll put you in all the Spring classics in 2005.

So whaddaya think, armchairians?


Is signing a guy who has already...Dwayne Barry
Dec 4, 2003 5:44 AM
shown he can't hack it in Europe, let alone climb with the top dogs so he could be a mountain domestique, smart? They need to find somebody who they can be reasonably assured can make it to the final mountain of the day with Armstrong, and that ain't Horner.
Is signing a guy who has already...shirt
Dec 4, 2003 10:42 AM
Horner couldn't hack it in Europe six years ago. He's a totally different rider today. This happens to people.

Plus, I didn't argue for him to be a pure mountain domestique; I was thinking along the lines of an American Chechu.
Fitting in... for D Barry tooNo_sprint
Dec 4, 2003 12:19 PM
Let me first say that I didn't receive any privileged information, and that I was not told to keep it quiet, and I did not receive confirmation that anything has been absolutely finalized and that I'm not a "close friend" of this rider.

That said, I immediately wondered how USPS would fit Rahsaan Bahati into their program. He mentioned that he'll be moving to the USPS HQ area very soon, which I believe is in Spain.

There are plenty of pros here in SoCal that are working with sponsorship situations not too very different than my own. There are simply more of them than salary positions.
re: Roberto's leaving... Sign Horner now!!No_sprint
Dec 4, 2003 8:39 AM
USPS has already signed or is in the process with another from Saturn. I don't know if it's a done deal yet so I won't mention anything further. Saw him on a ride about 1.5 weeks ago.

The U.S. situation has been turned upside down, I have no guess how things will play out with the loss of Saturn, PA and Shroeder. Lots of good riders out there.
How about Azevedo instead? (nm)Dwayne Barry
Dec 4, 2003 10:15 AM
...U.S. situation turned upside downRockyMountainRacer
Dec 4, 2003 11:16 AM
Tell me about it. I hope no one on this forum has any aspirations of turning domestic pro. What a thankless job. Work your ass off so you don't starve to death and then get thrown out on the street when sponsors pull out. The only way I'd even consider that way of life was if I was an insanely dominant genetic mutant who could win amateur races on my worst days. But I'm not. So I don't (consider turning pro).

I'll take my comfy little office cubicle any day, where I make more money already than 99% of all bicycle pros while sitting on my ass recovering from my workouts!
Yep. nmNo_sprint
Dec 4, 2003 12:12 PM
re: Roberto's leaving... Sign Horner now!!The Human G-Nome
Dec 4, 2003 3:12 PM
and we'll let you do what you can in the Vuelta, and if you're really good we'll put you in all the Spring classics in 2005.

i think Horner could do very well in the Classics if given any support. the Vuelta would be interesting though. at this point, i doubt that he'd be very concerned about being a sacrificial lamb in the Tour. he just needs to get himself on a team.