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USPS: You make the call(11 posts)

USPS: You make the callcrankee
Aug 1, 2003 7:36 PM
Let's say you get to make personnel choices for USPS.

You've been tasked with putting together a team to support Lance for his 6th TdF victory.

You have $3m USD in your budget.

Who goes and who do you get to replace them? Who gets more $$$ to stay?
Hire Robin Williams as Asst. DS nmQUiTSPiNiNArOuND
Aug 1, 2003 8:59 PM
Tom BoonenSpoiler
Aug 2, 2003 9:50 AM
I hear he's really eager to learn. I also heard he Museuw had to slap a restraining order on him. Some sort of Fatal Attraction thing.
Grab Mayo and Millarspookyload
Aug 3, 2003 12:46 PM
Taking mayo will give another to lead Lance up the mountains. Millar would benefit the team in the TTT. That was a crucial link in this years tour. He can also pull like a monster when the blue train is at the front, and can survive the mountains unlike a lot of other TT specialists.
re: USPS: You make the callnoveread
Aug 4, 2003 7:59 AM
Sign Tom Danielson to start preparing him for the future. Resign the spanish contingent. Chechu is THE MAN!

The Empty Wrapper
will Slava Retire?atpjunkie
Aug 4, 2003 5:23 PM
it's my guess he will. Which will open the spot for a flat rouler. My guess is it will be MILLAR.
A) he and Lance are friends
B) he could use the tutelage to help him mature
C) he hates his team
D) he can pull flats, kill TT and TTT and even help in the mountains like Hincapie
E) LA would love to pip his old team

as for fantasy league, Zubledia would be a better fit and is far more of a long term threat than Mayo as far as GC. He climbs and TT's. getting him would be akin to Hinault hiring Lemond for the 85 tour.

my other guess is they will go after Tyler after LA retires but I think
Tyler will be too happy with Bjarne and CSC.
One problem with your scenarioTrent in WA
Aug 4, 2003 10:15 PM
Millar resigned with Cofidis right after the Tour.
Yeah, which is quite ironic...Dwayne Barry
Aug 5, 2003 3:58 AM
after he bad-mouthed Cofidis for not riding as a team. Which I think mainly meant they didn't ride for him, as he is usually their GC man in a stage race. I suspect the team and him may have come to some kind of agreement.

Why would he go to Postal? He's already pretty much the TTist that Armstrong is (and Postal has done wonders for Heras' TT abilities, no?). He wants to win races, at Postal everyone rides for Armstrong and then you might get some scraps thrown your way.

Look at what Hamilton has done since he left Postal, he stayed there at least 2 years too long, Hincapie is making the same mistake.
he bad mouthed Cofidisatpjunkie
Aug 5, 2003 6:27 PM
over their pay structure. Riders get bonus' for UCI points so instead of working for whoever is the guy on that day they will ride for themselves especially late in the season. They also will 'settle' for a top 10 placing instead of trying for a win. They've been known to make deals with other teams just to secure UCI points. It's why the only French Div 1 Team (Cofidis) gets very few podiums. It's also why most French fans like FdeJeux, JDeLatour, Boulang. or Agricole as those teams inspire with their attacks.
The French see Cofidis as gutless which I always thought the French appreciated (my weekly French slag sorry).
Millar could win races at Postal, just not the Tour which he couldn't win anyway. Tyler, well maybe a year or so too long, won't argue that but George is on the perfect team. He lacks the climbing ability to ever win the tour and he's the team leader for the classics (which is what he really cares about). If he'd been healthy this Spring with Slavas performance at P.R. he most likely would have won. Just like last year with Boonen, if George hadn't gone into the ditch he'd have another classic under his belt. P.R. is what he wants, his attitude is far more Flemish.
George was lucky...Dwayne Barry
Aug 6, 2003 6:04 AM
he went into that ditch, it saved him the embarassment of being dropped by a kid who had been in the initial break of the day. Boonen clearly was already waiting for Hincapie when he took that header. Hincapie was finished by then, that's why Wesseman rode right past him and caught up to Boonen. Hincapie didn't even have the legs to sit on Wesseman and get towed back up to Boonen. Maybe you're thinking of a couple of years ago when he had good legs but was out-teamed by Domo (the year Knaven won).
George was lucky...atpjunkie
Aug 6, 2003 5:58 PM
agreed that George was suffering after the crash but Boonen as a dom. is paid to pull. As I remember it Boonen and George (pre crash) were making fine pace and without the crash would have likely pulled a 1-2 (with either in 1st). True though that George was done after the wreck. Also granted he wasn't as strong as the Domo Gang Bang (2001) year nor the year he 4th'd with Museeuw winning(2000?) which in fact was his strongest, 4 or so flats, a spill and he still placed 4th. 2001 was brutal but then again I was a Domo FF fan so was happy to see Knaven win (even though he's Dutch). Props to Belgium!