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Does Mayo want to be on postal?(6 posts)

Does Mayo want to be on postal?esbike
Jul 13, 2003 10:07 AM
I heard rumors that Mayo wants to ride for postal next year.
He seems awfully modest after such a great victory. Is he
trying to get on Lance's good side? See article below:

Mayo plays down Tour chances after dream victory

L'ALPE D'HUEZ, France, July 13 (Reuters) - Spain's Iban Mayo, who achieved a dream by winning the classic finish at l'Alpe d'Huez on Sunday in the Tour de France's centenary year, played down his chances of overall victory.

"I had set my sights on this stage. It was a dream to win in l'Alpe d'Huez", said the 27-year-old Basque rider, only the second Spaniard to win in the Alpine resort after Federico Echave in 1987.

"This is already a lot. We may go for a podium. But to go for overall victory is not something I had prepared myself to do.

"It will be difficult. I will above all try to stay with the best and we'll see what happens," he added.

Mayo had already thrown down the gauntlet to Armstrong in the Dauphine Libere race a month ago, outshining him in the mountains.

But his attitude at the finish in l'Alpe d'Huez confirmed his claim that he was not looking for overall success as he lost precious seconds looking around and enjoying his win instead of sprinting to the line.

"I wanted to enjoy this victory, to take full advantage of it, to make the best of the present moment without making calculations," he said.

Armstrong will surely make calculations from now on, with Mayo lying third overall, only 1:10 behind him.

"Today, he let me go because he knew I was far in the overall standings. From now on, I'm afraid he won't let me have my say," he said.

The winner of the Tour of the Basque country admitted a second stage victory in his native Pyrenees, particularly in Luz-Ardiden, the second finish at altitude in the race, would please him.

"To win in Luz-Ardiden would be very moving. But I first really wanted to win in l'Alpe d'Huez because it's a mythical stage," he said.
MayoThe Human G-Nome
Jul 13, 2003 5:29 PM
Iban is and will continue to be my favorite rider. He is pure class in every sense of the word and IMHO, a future Tour winner (maybe as soon as next year depending on who he signs with). I am rooting for Lance to win because I enjoy watching him and for history's sake, but the other 2 I wouldn't mind winning are Tyler and Iban.
why do a lot of you postal fans think that.........wheelsucker
Jul 14, 2003 3:28 AM
every time a good rider and future tour winner puts in a good performance against lance, that they want to join postal and ride for lance. I've never heard rumors of mayo wanting to join postal(david millar has said that he wants to join postal). Iban Mayo won't go to postal becuase he can beat lance, maybe not this year but he'll probably be the one to deny him 6. pro riders aren't amazed with lance like us amatuers, they respect him, but not everyone wants to ride for him.
The only thing I've heard...Dwayne Barry
Jul 14, 2003 5:11 AM
is that Rabobank is after him to replace Leipheimer.
Just read...Dwayne Barry
Jul 14, 2003 8:38 AM
Phonak is after Mayo as well.
re: Does Mayo want to be on postal?manny999
Jul 14, 2003 11:17 AM
While I think its unlikely that Mayo will go to Postal, the rumours come from his comments during the Dauphine where he stated the following:

Mayo's contract with Euskaltel comes to an end this year. He is not interested in an extension because he wants a two year contract (Euskaltel ends its support for the team at the end of 2004). He won't sign before the Tour, but Quick.Step manager Patrick Lefevere has already expressed interest, as has US Postal. "Riding in the service of Armstrong, like Roberto Heras is doing, and being paid so well that you are sure for the rest of your life, that sounds good to me," said Mayo.

Here's the link from cyclingnews.com http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/?id=2003/jun03/jun11news2