slipstream better than astana?

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  1. Ashley.S.Olsen

    Ashley.S.Olsen New Member

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  2. Crankyfeet

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    If Slipstream can do well riding clean.. it shows that clean riders can win/do well. That's great hey Ash... ;)
     
  3. whiteboytrash

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    Thought this was interesting. He knows who's providing the bread;

    "This race is really a big deal," Maaskant pointed out that Paris-Roubaix is the most heavily followed one-day race by the U.S. audiences. "A lot of people that support Slipstream flew in from the U.S. to follow this race. Some of them even rode over the cobbles during the last couple of days. It's the only one-day race that has some name abroad and for them this really sensational."
     
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    I'd like to know how the average US fan follows Paris-Roubaix though, other than by flying into France. Considering there's no TV coverage, and probably only half of the dedicated US pro cycling fans on this site (let alone the apathetic ones who aren't on forums such as this) have payed for the dodgy cyclingTV internet stream.
     
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    It will be prominently featured on Vs. in only five days!
     
  6. Aquamarinos

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    mms://80.160.76.117/tv2sputnik3

    Danish TV channel, shows pretty much everything (cycling) live. Free. Use media player, picture was great during PR.
    The only minus is that the commentating is in Danish (impossible to understand), but if possible, open an English audio site.


    Sorry for the OT post Ashley....:D
     
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    Don't tell me the result.. I want to pretend it's live... :D
     
  8. earth_dweller

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    Hincapie won


    oops
     
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    Now he knows you are making that up... :rolleyes:
     
  10. whiteboytrash

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    Slipstream now have title sponsor..... giving more reason for Miller not to throw his bike away.....
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    Satellite navigation company Garmin has upped its involvement with American squad Slipstream Sports, signing as the Professional Continental squad's new joint title sponsor. The announcement, just days after American ProTour team High Road Sports signed Columbia as its title sponsor, will see Jonathan Vaughters' team ride in Garmin colours at next month's Tour de France.

    "Slipstream cyclists are setting the standard for success through integrity and sportsmanship," said Jon Cassat, Garmin's vice president of communications. "This fresh perspective on work ethic and accountability is in keeping with Garmin's worldwide reputation for accomplishing great things through teamwork."

    The squad will contest the upcoming French Grand Tour as Team Garmin-Chipotle Presented by H30. The team's new logos and visuals will be unveiled just six days before the squad makes its Tour de France debut, at a ceremony in Brest, France on July 3.

    "We are thrilled to partner with Garmin and believe that establishing this title sponsorship is further evidence that a new era of cycling is upon us," said Vaughters. "Garmin's commitment to innovation and integrity mirrors our own."

    Garmin's announcement is a positive boost for the sport, with many major sponsors exiting cycling in recent years as the sport travels through a rough patch with doping scandals. In a press release announcing the new sponsorship deal, Garmin said it is dedicated to Vaughters' vision of a new generation of ethical competition and supports his "ride clean or go home" approach.

    Vaughters has been a strong opponent of doping within the sport in recent years. The former cyclist brought David Millar into the squad's fold this season, with the Scott also becoming a strong anti-doping voice within the sport since himself admitting to using EPO and serving a two year ban from cycling.

    Garmin's first major association with Slipstream came in January, when it announced it would provide the team's professional riders with its Edge 705 computer to use throughout the season. The Edge 705 includes power compatibility, wireless unit-to-unit connectivity and the ability to monitor GPS position, heart rate, speed, cadence, altitude and gradient on the same display.
     
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    I've actually have one of those Garmin 705's and they are the business.... farking awesome......
     
  12. wolfix

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    I have A Garmin in my truck. The Garmin headquarters is next to the headquarters of the company I work for in Olathe,KS. We have adult cocktails with the GPS geeks on occasion at the local bar, and I have been trying to get a free one for my bike.
    Bastards...........As whiteboytrash would say "farking bastards."
    I could not live w/o one. I'm sitting in Dalton GA with a few hours to kill and my Garmin located a BBQ place for me............ What a friend she is. I named her Betty.She even talks to me,telling me to turn here,turn there.........
     
  13. whiteboytrash

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    Does it vibrate ?

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    Thought this was interesting..... makes you think why Bruyneel couldn't achieve a sponsor ? I mean with his marketing pull why wouldn't a corporate sign up ?
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    Spoken like a seasoned marketing executive, Vaughters explained that companies look at the sport in terms of how many impressions the team can get into the various media - news, magazines, television, the Internet - and compare it with how much they would need to spend on traditional advertising to get the same impression on consumers. "Cycling, at its most basic essence, it's an indirect media content buy - it gives X amount of media impressions, and companies look at this as opposed to, say, a Superbowl ad, and weigh the two."

    Beer maker Anheuser-Busch spent $26 million for ten 30-second commercials during the 2006 Superbowl to reach 90 million Americans and a billion eyes around the globe. The Tour de France, by comparison, attracts an audience of 2 billion worldwide. While Vaughters couldn't comment on the total value of the Garmin sponsorship, those ten commercials cost about as much money as it takes to fund a ProTour team through the end of 2010. Given those numbers, it's not surprising that companies have come back to the sport so quickly.

    Vaughters went on to explain that sponsors aren't as concerned with a team's results as they are with the image that the team projects in association with its name.

    "If you win more races, you might get more media exposure, but I don't think there is any direct correlation between winning x,y,z races and getting a sponsor.

    "It is important that more people understand that sponsors get involved for positive image and media content, it's not because they want to crush the competition. I don't know that team directors and managers understood that in the past," he mused.

    "Riders knew their contract value was based on their wins - and they made a direct correlation. But that's not how the advertising industry works. Now that we have more forward thinking people in the sport who see the complexities, we can give value to the sponsors without a desperate need to win races."

    Without the pressure of having to win to keep the team afloat, riders can now focus on the sporting aspect of cycling - and winning is certainly on the agenda for the Garmin-Chipotle team. "Of course we will do everything we can to win races, but there's not a financial connection. We want to win because we're racing, but it's not like we're going to lose our sponsor if we don't. That attitude is fading."
     
  14. stevebaby

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    You've been on the road too long.
     
  15. Bro Deal

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    Wilson is right next to betty on the dashboard.

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  16. wolfix

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    Actually......... Bob the coconut head sits up front. Since he has only one eye, he needs to be able to look out the windsheild. Bob'a alright though, for a coconut head. But he has this obsession with the video series "Girls Gone Wild." He "claims" to have every video and the uncut footage too. So all he does is stare out the window as we roll to se if he can spot any of the girls in the video.
    Then we added another buddy up in Maine. Larry the Lobster. I was down to the fishing dock when I heard him say to me "Hey you!" Wow, I thought "a talking lobster." So when I told him I didn't believe in talking lobsters, he became agitated. He blames the public school system in the US for my ignorance.. I have to agree with him......I do not rememeber being offered the Lobster language course at my high school. But then I spent most of my high school stoned anyway. So I decided that since Larry had such a broad understanding of the world, he should be saved from the boiling pot. Larry and I get into some really deep conversations about different topics.
    Then when I was in New Mexico, I was eating in a small little Mexican joint. But my luck was about to change. I spilled my plate with taco's , enchilado's and a bowl of refried beans all over the white table cloth. I felt so bad until the waitress pointed out to me that she could see the face of Jesus in the stains. Wow!!!!!!!! I could n't believe it until everyone in town ran over and could see it too. I still couldn't see it, but since they were all were Catholics, they would never lie to me.
    So. ...............For a few hundred bucks, I was allowed to keep the tablecloth. I have it hanging in the back. I pray to it everynight .

    Yep......... I think I need a vacation.
     
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