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US Postal fined.......... for being Freds......african
Jul 28, 2003 6:40 AM
The US Postal-Berry Floor team was fined SFR 4,500 for wearing irregular jerseys during Sunday's final stage. Each team member was also fined SFR 200 each, after they came to the start dressed in grey jerseys, bearing the U.S. Mail logo. The retro jerseys were a throwback to the early years of the postal service, and were worn to reflect the whole retro theme of the centenary Tour.

Oh and if you wear one of these new jerseys you are a "FRED" big time in my book, especially if you have a trek and nike socks, then you should also get fined by the roadie fashion police.
So what does that put them out...$50 or sospookyload
Jul 28, 2003 6:45 AM
I personally don't have a problem with people wearing team kits. If it gets someone to ride more because their new kit motivates them...good on them. If you are talking training rides that is one thing, but to wear someones team kit in a race, thats another. I also feel it is more fredish to wear your own team kit on a training ride. I laugh when I see the local "pro's" wearing their full kit while finishing up the saturday ride. Are you trying to impress the other local cyclists? That is a fred in my eyes.
The only crime is riding too slow ...Humma Hah
Jul 28, 2003 7:56 AM
Sunday morning, since I don't have cable, I went riding and berry-picking with the wife. I spied a roadie in a USPS jersey coming by, and, not being able to resist a rabbit, gave chase on the cruiser. Caught up with him, and informed him that if he let me pass, he had to forfeit the jersey. THAT lit a fire under him.

Alas, I had to let him go and wait for the wife. I NEED one of those grey jerseys!
You didn't miss anything on OLN Sunday morning NEway! (nm)jtferraro
Jul 28, 2003 9:45 AM
re: Am I missing something?Grand Pooh Bear
Jul 28, 2003 1:06 PM
The Postal Service team was fined for wearing "irregular jerseys?" Why, then have I seen at least one ONCE rider, whom I think was Beloki, in both Pink and Yellow Jerseys at different times? Based on my probably limited knowledge on the subject, this baffles me. Also, when CSC was on the podium, was the tall rider on the left in a jacket, or a different jersey than the rest of the team?
re: Am I missing something?hycobob
Jul 28, 2003 2:02 PM
Team Once wears the pink kit for the Tour De France in respect to the yellow jersey's ranking. I'm unsure why they switched back and forth??? Not positive here, but I think the team CSC rider was the Swiss champion. I noticed alot of riders wearing national champion/team jerseys.
re: Am I missing something?TimePedal
Jul 28, 2003 2:36 PM
Team Once wore the yellow skinsuits during the TT's and TTT. I guess Giordana didn't make pink skinsuits....
re: Am I missing something?Frank Tuesday
Jul 28, 2003 3:29 PM
Not completly out of respect for the yellow, as much a courtesy to the race/officials/fans/tv coverage. In the mass starts they wear pink so as there is only one yellow jersey in the field, and as such can easily be identified. On TT's they wear their traditional yellow because it is easy to tell the riders apart.

Hey Spooky...Bill B
Jul 28, 2003 4:15 PM
I sponsor a team, I supply them with three jerseys and bibs and a skinsuit. I spend a lot of time finding them other sponsors too, like vitamins, helmets and a restaraunt that gives them a free meal for every race they ride. When I see them out on the Saturday morning ride they had goddamn better be wearing their full kit right down to the water bottle. I bust my ass, on my own time to get them free/cheap stuff, it is a slap in the face to me and the others if they don't use their team issue stuff.
Amen Bill.lanterne rouge
Jul 28, 2003 7:56 PM
I was thinking the same thing. The sponsor of my team ponies up the money so I had better wear the kit as often as I ride. That is the whole reason for the sponsorship ........ advertising. I crack up everytime I see a discussion about fred this or fred that on this board, in fact I find it down right ridiculous. At some point in somebody elses view we're all freds.
re: Good explanations: Question still resolved...Grand Pooh Bear
Jul 28, 2003 5:16 PM
So why can ONCE change colors and not USPS? Maybe ONCE should stick to a "traditional" color that doesn't conflict throughout the tour. USPS's color may have changed, but it looks like all the logos are still intact. Sounds like biased hypocrisy to me. Are the French that upset about being bested by the US for five years running or do they fail to see their own double standards? Whatever the reason, it seems lame to me. Now I really want to see Lance take six.
re: Good explanations: Question still resolved...Bill B
Jul 28, 2003 5:44 PM
Before the tour, each team "declares" their uniform, it has been ONCE's custom to wear pink at the tour. Mario Cipollini was regularly fined for not wearing his team issue shorts in favor of a pair that matched whatever color jersey he had on a particular day, it was only last year that the organisers deemed this appropriate. The SAECO team was fined several times for wearing special commerative uniforms at the tour in the past to celabrate Julius Ceasers birthday or the anniversary of a model of Cannondale bike. The amount of the fine is inconsequential and seen as the cost of advertising by the team. There was no slight intended by the tour nor was there any perceived by USPS.Cycling in Europe is heavily bound by tradition.