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Botero--an overpaid domestique?(5 posts)

Botero--an overpaid domestique?Fignons_ponytail
Jul 25, 2003 1:54 PM
I was actually pulling for him to podium this year before the Tour started. Sheesh, he really sucks this year. He's not even a good domestique, come to think of it. Think Telekom is happy about this? Wonder if they'll crack the whip on him.
wasn't he sick/injured coming into the tour?spookyload
Jul 25, 2003 3:06 PM
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Not that I know of.Sintesi
Jul 25, 2003 3:59 PM
What I do know is when Walter Godefroot was asked about how his new aquisition was prepared for the TdF Walter said he didn't know because he hadn't seen him race. He was more than a little miffed about the situation.

Botero insisted on doing his preparations in Columbia without racing extensively in Europe. Well Telekom indulged him and knowing that organization I'm sure they are none too pleased and I'm also sure Santi is well aware of this displeasure. Telekom has high standards.

Maybe there is an excuse but this was the year he was supposed to step up to the plate and hit the next gear. Telekom took him based on last year's performance and they got no beef.
you should ask for your money backmohair_chair
Jul 25, 2003 3:16 PM
His work on stage 15 on the descent of the Tourmalet and up to the base of Luz Ardidan dragging Vinokurov back to the leaders may end up saving Vino his podium spot. I'd say he earned his paycheck this week.

Sure he's having a terrible season so far, and he looks ridiculous in pink, but I don't see why you should lose any sleep over it. Botero has always been a model of extremes, either really good or really bad. The season is only half over.
but how can you quit the tourrufus
Jul 25, 2003 3:49 PM
after suffering through the mountains, and with only two flat stages and a TT that you can coast through left to ride?