The final Radio Shack team...

Discussion in 'Professional Cycling' started by gman0482, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. nns1400

    nns1400 New Member

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    It's sponsorship...it's advertising. Of course it's about dollars. Pro cycling isn't a charity for the sake of sport. Even amateur cycling isn't. lol If RadioShack was interested in the good of humanity over the "All Mighty Dollar" then they would be sponsoring well-digging in Africa, not guys in tights. In this economy, it's a good thing any company (not cycling related) is willing to sponsor a cycling team. I wouldn't.
     


  2. tonyzackery

    tonyzackery Well-Known Member

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    Sponsorship? Advertising? Really? I thought those professional riders raced their bikes for free. That strawman you've created to debate with must be pretty formidable. Anyway, it'll be interesting to notice if those 'Livestrong' charitable foundation funds get co-mingled with those of the RadioShack professional cycling organization.

    Regardless, the bringing of the Japanese and Chinese racers on board blatantly smacks of patronage. Do other teams do the same? Probably. Good (maybe) for the careers of the two cyclists involved, but they're pawns in the game IMO...
     
  3. nns1400

    nns1400 New Member

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    So what?
     
  4. tonyzackery

    tonyzackery Well-Known Member

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    Brilliant question!
    LOL! Existentialistic angst at its finest...
     
  5. vitamin s

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    unless there are things which havent been stated publicly (which is likely), this is a dumb move by beppu imo. hes not the calibur of rider that can ruffle feathers like hes doing. if skil shimano has their way, i see him finishing out his contract with them in a marginalized role and then shipped back to japan where he will race for a minor league team. nobodys going to want to deal with him after this.
     
  6. sogood

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    Agreed. Sounded like he was immature and have not an inkling of understanding in what a contract is.
     
  7. nns1400

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    More existential than angst...but I was drinking espresso at the time. :cool: I think it's profound enough to make it my signature line.
     
  8. Corporate Gifts

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  9. oldbobcat

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    A detail that hasn't been missed by Broomwagon in Cycle Sport USA, either. It looks like Lance just signed all his buddies, who are just as nearly over the hill as he is. This will be an interesting July.
     
  10. Jonny_D

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    So glad to see Chris Horner still rocking the pedals.
     
  11. Eldrack

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    Zubeldia is also getting on a bit isn't he? Still, they have some younger talent in Popo and Braj.

    Older riders still have good sustainable power, it's the ability to repeatedly attack or follow attacks that they lack, so Schleck and Contador will leave them in the dust with a series of accelerations. I think they'll place a couple of riders in the top 10 at the tour this year, Armstrong being one of them but I think age does take it's toll eventually and when the younger generation start attacking it'll be game over and off to retirement for the older folks. Having said that, wasn't the womens time trial silver medalist at the last olympics 49 or something?
     
  12. oldbobcat

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    You must be talking about Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli.

    Radio Shack might well place some riders in the top ten next July, but their lineup suggests they aren't thinking about future development.
     
  13. slovakguy

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    they have some younger talent lie taylor phinney, but that would be dependent on his actually being promoted to the pro team.
     
  14. steve

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    Apparently "the guys are gearing up at training camp this week" :eek: :confused:
     
  15. JAPANic

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    Looks like Beppu's big hand helping Lance in a breakaway of the TDF last year earned him a place on The Shack!
     
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