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How long will Heras stay with USPS?(9 posts)

How long will Heras stay with USPS?JSchneb
Jul 19, 2002 11:50 AM
Now that it seems like he could be a serious contender, how long will it be before he wants his own shot?

I don't know how long his contract is for nor do I know how old he is, but can he wait until LA retires (presumably in the next 2-3 years or when ever he stops winning)?
Jul 19, 2002 12:02 PM
He's had his own shot with Kelme. He came in 5th overall in 2000.

He can't beat Lance, and I'm sure he knows that, so why not wait until Lance is gone? Then the team will be his. In the meantime, he gets to lead at the Vuelta and other Spanish races, he gets to sit at the foot of the master and learn, he keeps himself in the headlines by destroying guys for Lance, and he is highly paid. That's not a bad deal.
Very good answer!fcebedo
Jul 19, 2002 12:28 PM
I feel better already that Heras will be around USPS for years to come!

I'm sure he's enjoying the well deserved spotlight and being a winner.

Forever? Not likelypeter1
Jul 19, 2002 1:27 PM

You think the USPS will sponsor a team in which the star is not American? I don't. Can you picture Heras' mug on a mail truck?
Forever? Not likelymr_spin
Jul 19, 2002 2:09 PM
So it won't be USPS. USPS doesn't OWN the team, it just sponsors it. Maybe after the USPS contract expires, the team will find a new sponsor and continue on. There are lots of examples of this happening. For instance, modern day Credit Agricole used to be Gan, AG2R was formerly Casino, etc.
Forever? Not likelyatpjunkie
Jul 19, 2002 4:04 PM
USPS will sponsor whoever gets them the most advertisement value, ie.. a winner. If Heras stays, learns how to TT from the master and takes the reigns of the team after LA's retirement (#6, #7 who knows) and wins, they'll keep him. I predict he takes the Vuelta and makes USPS extra happy this year, gets a fat resign and hangs out for a while. Otherwise he'll get a juicy offer from a spanish team and jump ship like Tyler and others. But, so far history has shown they can't beat the Don but Tyler deserves his position cleary after the Giro.
Forever? Not likelypeter1
Jul 21, 2002 2:17 PM
That's an excellent point. However, (and I'm taking a shot in the dark because I don't know how the USPS budget compares with other teams) I can't imagine the next sponsor would commit the same amount of money, unless it was another US sponsor with a marquee US rider.
re: How long will Heras stay with USPS?zooog
Jul 20, 2002 2:44 AM
Isn't Heras contract with USPS up after this year? Whenever it is, I believe he will be gone. Why wouldn't he want to ride for a Spanish based team and be chosent the leader of this team. Although I agree he cannot be LA he must be feeling the itch to give it a try. But the question will be...who can USPS pick up to be the first lieutenant in the Mountains
Floyd Landis and Chechu Rubiera, to answer your question...Cima Coppi
Jul 20, 2002 5:20 AM
I believe Floyd is going to be the next great climbing specialist for USPS no matter if Heras stays or leaves. He has proven to be a great asset to the posties, as he showed in the Dauphine. Even if Heras leaves the team for a spanish squad (which I believe Banesto will be the one to try to recruit him), Landis, Rubiera, and Hincapie (?!?!?, have you seen how well he has been climbing) can pick up the slack. It would be so easy for USPS to pick up climbers to help LA. Afterall, what up and coming climber would not want to help out the most popular cyclist on the planet.

The point being, the Posties can thrive w/o Heras. It's up to him to decide if he wants to be a helper or a leader in the TdF. He's already the leader of the team in the Spanish races USPS shows up to.