Popovych Joins Team Discovery Channel
Popovych will join his new team beginning in 2005.
Tailwind Sports, the sports management company that co-owns and manages the United States Postal Service cycling team, today announced that the team has signed Ukrainian standout Yaroslav Popovych to a three-year contract beginning in 2005.
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Johan Bruyneel, the USPS team's sports manager, was extremely excited to sign the talented Popovych to the USPS team, which will become the Discovery Channel Cycling Team next season as USPS will end its title sponsorship after nine seasons.
"I'm really excited to get Yaroslav on the team," said Bruyneel. "He's a young rider who has shown his talent on numerous occasions. He was the World U23 champion (2001) and he has done some great performances at the Giro d'Italia (3rd in 2003, 5th in 2004). I'm sure he still has a great margin of progression (to make) and I see him as a future contender for the Tour de France in a few years. It's great to have a big talent like him joining us. He really believes in our program."
Popovych, 24, was equally as happy upon joining the team. "Riding for the Discovery team in 2005 has been my ultimate dream," Popovych said. He added that "It's a team in which I believe in and a team where I'm sure to receive the proper education from directors such as Johan Bruyneel and Dirk Demol to become a three-week stage racer."
Popovych debuted as an amateur in 1999 and then registered 36 victories from 2000 and 2001, including his world title in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>