Team Discovery, is this their last year?

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  1. Cycler6n

    Cycler6n New Member

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    Is it? Their my fav. team, just wonderin if their retiering from the tour
     
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  2. djrocker257

    djrocker257 New Member

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    Unfortunately,

    Discovery had dropped them for the next year. I believe the doping scandals
    have had something to do with it.

    Doug
     
  3. Bro Deal

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    In Discovery's case it was money issues. There was a reorg at the corp's top and they don't want to spend money on a cycling team anymore.

    Doping had nothing to do with it. Team Disco has been extremely resistant to any of the reforms against doping, right up to the point of breaking an agreement between teams and hiring Basso and others connected wit Operation Puerto.
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  4. mongooseboy

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    Id like to see USPS come back to cycling. Maybe Lance would step in and take lead? not on a bike but manager or something of the sort. That would be simply awesome...doubt it will happen.

    Maybe a nice american company, ummm chevy? hahhaa
     
  5. Eden

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    You do know that Lance is part owner of the team and still has a large part in the decisions made don't you.....

    Who the sponsor(s) of any pro team is, is bound to change from time to time, but the teams usually stay around. They are of course changeable - riders move around -usually the most stable part of the team is the directeur sportif.

    Just look at all of the teams that have changed major sponsors in the last few years Saeco=Lampre, Davitamon-Lotto = Predictor Lotto, USPS=Discovery, Fassa Bortalo=Milram, just to name a few...
     
  6. JTE83

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    When Discovery is gone I wonder which team will ride Trek!
     
  7. FreeHueco

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    Probably no one, since they all realize that It's Not About The Bike...
     
  8. Bro Deal

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    Hopefully none. Cervelo and Specialized are supporting TdF broadcasting in the U.S. by buying ads on Versus. Where's Trek?
     
  9. Powerful Pete

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    Depends how much Trek is willing to pony up in sponsorship dosh.
     
  10. tinear10

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    I predict a large sponsor from China will appear. Having Contador win the tour won't hurt either.
     
  11. Bob Ross

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    I was gonna say, regardless of whether this is Discovery's last year, I bet this is Leipheimer's last year.

    Or, the way things are going, 2006 was Leipheimer's last year.
     
  12. Induray

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    Ah reckon.....next year they'll be fixin Harley Davidson and Anheuser Busch for the TdF2008. All riders shall wear Mullets and ride Schwinn bikes. Y'all hear??
     
  13. Xsmoker

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    Hey, I resent that..

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  14. CyclingTX08

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    I heard they were dropped because of all the negative press around the drug scandal, suuuucks, although that would give a bad name to the sport
     
  15. Powerful Pete

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    ROTFL!
     
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