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Props to Euskatel(3 posts)

Props to EuskatelMeDotOrg
Jul 22, 2001 9:16 AM
This first-time team took a stage today (Roberto Laiseka), and sits 5th in the overall team standings.

I know that there are some teams on the outside that should be in, but this is one new team that deerved to be here.

Remember in the first week how everyone was talking about Credit Agricole?
Props to all the teams that "Shouldn't be there"...TJeanloz
Jul 22, 2001 9:36 AM
Except BigMat

I have to say I was pretty upset when LeBlanc excluded Mercury, Mercatone Uno, and particularly Saeco. But the teams that I considered 'on the outside of the bubble' have done really well.

A quick analysis of the teams:

CSC-Tiscali. It seemed their only reason for inclusion was Laurent Jalabert- they didn't have any decent results this Spring. Then Jalabert wins two stages, and has a commanding lead in the KOM.

Bonjour. A division 2 team in the tour? And then Francios Simon scores the yellow jersey for a few days.

Credit Agricole. I didn't think they'd be selected- and then they go and win the TTT, and trade the yellow jersey around the team.

AG2R. Jan Kirsipuu is enough to make this team entertaining.

Jean Delatour. Rode really aggressively early, spicing up the tour's early days.

BigMat. These guys aren't good. I'd have traded them for Saeco any day.
Big Mat - pulling the ultimate bluffmr_spin
Jul 23, 2001 9:23 AM
Just like USPS on the way to L'Alpe d'Huez, Big Mat will rise up on the last day and take all the prizes!

I'd like to give details on the plan, but my girlfriend Heidi Klum is calling me from the other room....