RadioShack miss out on Vuelta a Espana invite

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  1. steve

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    This is surprising news :eek:

    Included teams:

    Automatic participation

    Ag2r La Mondiale (Fra)
    Astana (Kaz)
    Bbox Bouygues Telecom (Fra)
    Caisse D'Epargne (Spa)
    Cofidis
    Le Credit En Ligne (Fra)
    Euskaltel – Euskadi (Spa)
    Footon-Servetto (Spa)
    Française Des Jeux (Fra)
    Lampre-Farnese Vini (Ita)
    Liquigas-Doimo (Ita)
    Omega Pharma-Lotto (Bel)
    Quick Step (Bel)
    Rabobank (Ned)
    Team HTC – Columbia (USA)
    Team Milram (Ger)
    Team Saxo Bank (Den)

    Wildcard

    Andalucia – Cajasur (Spa)
    Xacobeo Galicia teams (Spa)
    Garmin-Transitions (USA)
    Cervelo TestTeam (Swi)
    Sky Professional Cycling Team (UK)
    Team Katusha (Rus)



    2010 Vuelta a España teams unveiled, RadioShack passed over
    The organisers of the Vuelta a España have announced the name of 22 teams that they say will dispute the 2010 edition of the race. These include wildcard selections for the Spanish Andalucia – Cajasur and Xacobeo Galicia teams, the American Garmin-Transitions squad, plus Cervelo TestTeam (Switzerland), Sky Professional Cycling Team (Great Britain) and Russia’s Team Katusha.
    Link: 2010 Vuelta a España teams unveiled, RadioShack passed over | VeloNation Cycling News
     
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  2. genedan

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    Bruyneel Speechless

    To be honest, some of those teams royally suck, **AHEM** Footon-Serveto **COUGH**

    Radioshack has underperformed this year, but they're still ranked 8th out of 29, better than most of the teams invited.
     
  3. pennstater

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    Yeah, Footon-Serveto isn't very good, but they were guarenteed a spot in the race. I didn't know that Kloden and Horner were to be on the roster for the Vuelta. If RadioShack would have brought those two as well as Jani and Levi, (perhaps Zubeldia and throw in Machado) I don't see how the organisers could put any of the wildcard teams above RadioShack if they were picking teams based on strength, which is apparently why they didn't invite RS. “The organisers [vuelta organisers] said we didn’t have a strong team on a sporting level, that other teams are better," said a spokesman for RadioShack. I was hoping to see Brajkovic light up the Vuelta this year.

    With Johan now on the war path, do you think the organisers will renege and invite RadioShack?
     
  4. Bro Deal

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    Kloden and Horner and Leipheimer are peaking for the Tour. The Vuelta is an after thought. Brajkovik peaked for the Dauphine. The team should have had one of their big riders target the Vuelta.

    The team is under two investigations for doping on two continents. More e-mails from FLandis could leak at any moment (and they are rumored to already be in the hands of the press). Flandis could decide to start giving press conferences. It would not be good for the Vuelta to have this stuff blow up during the race.

    With the way that Armstrong treated the Giro and Tour of Ireland last year, despite getting paid to appear at those races, all race organizers should be wary of Armstrong and his team.
     
  5. swampy1970

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    I guess your Radio-Strong voodoo doll has run out of places to stick needles, so your evening chubby has to be gained by puking a bit more diatribe...

    Didn't Armstrong stick around in Ireland (after pulling out of the Tour of Ireland with a bad back - along with 50+ other riders on that stage) and ended up riding around Dublin with a 1,000+ cyclists out for an afternoon ride organised via Twitter? He sure sounds like a real cnut...

    The Giro deal where he reportedly bad mouthed the organizers was a bit sh1tty - if he indeed did that.
     
  6. Chavez

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    At the very least, the first paragraph about RS bringing, at best, their B- team is pretty dead-on.

    You invite RS to the Vuelta, and you get the kit with a bunch of guys nobody really cares about.*


    * - in general; would've been a nice spot for local guy Matthew Busche to get his GT feet wet but you get the point
     
  7. Bro Deal

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    Awwwe, poor little wabbit. Twicks are for kids. Looks like someone is upset that the objects of his lust are finally getting treated like they have treated others. Don't worry, Skippy, I am sure Retirement Shack can find another race to do instead of the Vuelta. Perhaps a neighborhood Wednesday night crit might be more suitable to their dedication--or lack thereof--to racing. You could race against them--provided that you can lose forty pounds and keep your manhood down long enough in the presence of Armstrong to sit in the saddle.

    Bad back? Is that the excuse Armstrong would have us believe prevented him from finishing the ToI? Yeah, sure. It was more like bad weather. After the organizers shortened the race by two days to pay Armstrong's appearance fee and tons of people showed up in terrible conditions to watch him, he could not be bothered to finish.
     
  8. No_Positives

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    This is too funny. I guess Horner and Brajk are having a terrible year. I wonder how many Xacobeo Galicia riders will be HD on the first stage.
     
  9. swampy1970

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    That first sentence may have carried some weight until about 1995 when the Vuelta was moved to the end of the season and apart from Contador, has been won by people who couldn't win either the Giro or the Tour... Not even the great Spaniard Miguel Indurain could be ar$ed to ride the event for the better part on his Tour winning career.
     
  10. Bro Deal

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    Clueless......
     
  11. tambourlain

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    Bro Deal shows that he is completely brain dead as usual. So who got invited? A couple of Spanish pro continental squads simply because they are Spanish. The Cervelo Test Team - Sastre will have ridden both the Giro and the Tour. He probably won't show up at the Vuelta, and if he does, how "peaked" do you think he will be microbrain? Team Sky - what stage races have they won this year? Again, their best GC guy is Wiggins and he will also have ridden the Giro and the Tour. How "peaked" will he be **** for brains? Garmin Transitions - Do they have someone "peaking" for the Vuelta? Who birdbrain? Katusha - J. Rodriquez is at the Tour. Who do they have "peaking" for the Vuelta? Do you even have room to breath with your head that far up your azz?
     
  12. Bro Deal

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    Once again you prove that if you had not spent so much time tossing Armstrong's salad then you might have learned something about cycling. I'll clue you in, since you obviously lack the brains to figure these things out for yourself.

    Every Grand Tour takes it upon itself to protect the interests of its country's cycling by inviting smaller teams from its home country or region. That is just the way it is. Nash you teeth all you want, but the Vuelta is going to invite Pro Continental Spanish teams, the Giro will invite Pro Conti Italian teams, and the Tour will invite Pro Conti French teams. So Xacobeo Galicia, and Andalucía Cajasur are in.

    Sastre injured his back in the Giro, does not want to ride the Tour, and will likely ride the Vuelta instead. Sastre is Spanish and much respected by the Spanish fans. So Cervelo is in.

    Garmin has a solid history of winning stages at the Vuelta. Vaughters has also proven himself smart enough to court the race directors of races he wants his team to participate in. Garmin is in.

    J-Rod of Katusha has ridden high in the standings of the Vuelta. So Katusha is in.

    That leaves one slot left. Bruyneel was too stupid to show the Vuelta any respect. He and his team repeatedly told the press that the most important races were the Tour de France and the Tour of California. He refused to let any of his top riders peak for the Vuelta. There is no reason for Unipublic to invite a Bruyneel team so that they can ride around Spain as pack fodder like they did in the Giro last year. None of the big name riders on RS has done jack this year. Sky will at least try to win stages and liven up the race. Sky will be around for years. RS may not be around after the Tour; aside from the doping investigations, Popovych has said that Armstrong will retire after the Tour. The Radio Shack company won't be too happy with that. It also does not help that Bruyneel attempted to sabotage Contador at the Tour last year, and both he and Armstrong have continually bad mouthed the Spanish champion.

    Plus, after using two and half liters of blood for the Tour, the RS riders won't have any left for the Vuelta.

    Go cry in your pillow about Retirement Shack. The rest of us are laughing at Bruyneel getting his just deserts.

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  13. tambourlain

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    The mental midget, Bro Deal, has his first excuse crash and burn because all the other teams have their best riders peak for the Tour instead of the Vuelta. Most of them won't even be sending their best riders. So he decides to invent a new set of excuses.

    And of course being out of anything reasonable, he reaches for his imaginary security blanket, the doping allegation. He has no evidence at all that there is more chance that Radio is doping than any other team. He knows for a fact that if Vino is there he will be doped to the gills, just like he has been since his return. We know that Caisse is a doping team. We know that the Vuelta has no problem with Caisse or Astana. Bro Deal was calling Contador, Conta-dope and Alpuerto back when he was on Bruyneel's team. Now that he is not, he's Bro's big hero. You have to give Armstrong credit; he has managed to perform a full lobotomy on Bro without ever touching him.
     
  14. swampy1970

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    Lance said last year that 2010 would probably be his last. It's also been said that The Shack came onboard with that knowledge. Late again to the show Bro... Late again.

    The big irony is that the Cima Chechu Rubiera will be climbed for the first time by the Vuelta and the guy the climb is named after isn't in the race...
     
  15. swampy1970

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    For years you called out Landis as a lying bstard but now that he's saying "Lance did this... and Lance did that... and Lance had a mobile fridge on the back of a Vespa hidden in the mountains that was controlled by space aliens" you're all about having his balls rest on your chin.

    ;)

    Name one rider in the last 20 years who was a great Grand Tour champion (ie also won the Tour and the Giro) who went to the Vuelta with the intent of taking it seriously - ie specifically targeted that race? Indurain didn't. Armstrong didn't. Contador did once - but in the year that he wasn't allowed to race a GT anywhere else.

    Stand out riders during that period in the races history were Romminger, Olano, Zulle and Herras. Apart from Contador you had Ulrich who had previously won the Tour and Romminger who also took a Giro. Two years out of 20+ since Hinault decided it was worth winning.

    Get some history in that noggin' of yours. Jeezus.
     
  16. jhuskey

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    More constructive opinion and less name calling please.
     
  17. Andrija

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    In fact, I think it's weird to participate in competition for a trophy named by yourself.
    Maybe organizers realized that and decided to protect Chechu from eventual psychotic break.
     
  18. Bro Deal

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    The best thing about this is watching the doping apologists like Swampy and Tam get so hopping mad. They cannot even refute the reasons why Retirement Shack was not included. Heck, Tam has been reduced to making stuff up. All they can do is vent their rage. I, for one, am loving it. :D :D :D :D :D
     
  19. tambourlain

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    That's cause you're the kind of dried up turd that get's off on disqualifications, injuries, non-invitations, illness. Anything will fulfill the needs of your sick and disgusting little hate filled mind.

    Your reasons were refuted, even though they were so stupid that they didn't need to be. We can't help it if your half brain cell can't recognize that.
     
  20. Bro Deal

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    You might want to take a chill pill or three, Skippy. Sounds like you might blow a gasket at any moment. Don't worry. I am sure you can get your jollies following mighty Shack at the Tour of Poland.

    Lovin' it. :D :D :D :D :D
     
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