US Postal Service/Discovery Team Report

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10/26/2004| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen

US Postal Service/Discovery Team Report

Team announces 25 riders for 2005 season.

As 2004 comes to an end and the USPS team prepares for its change-over to become the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team, team management released the squad's 25 rider roster. It is highly likely that a few additional riders will be added to the roster in the near future, but as of today, the rider list for 2005 includes: <?xml:namespace prefix = o /?>

 

2005 Discovery Channel Team Roster:

Lance ARMSTRONG ( <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 /?>
USA
)

Jose AZEVEDO (POR)

Michael BARRY (CAN)

Manuel BELTRAN (ESP)

Volodymyr BILEKA (UKR)

Michael CREED (USA)

Antonio CRUZ (USA)

Tom DANIELSON (USA)

Stijn DEVOLDER (BEL)

Viatcheslav EKIMOV (RUS)

Roger HAMMOND (GBR)

George HINCAPIE (USA)

Leif HOSTE (BEL)

Benoit JOACHIM (LUX)

Jason McCARTNEY (USA)

Patrick McCARTY (USA)

Gennady MIKHAYLOV (RUS)

Benjamin NOVAL (ESP)

Pavel PADRNOS (CZE)

Yaroslav POPOVYCH (UKR)

Hayden ROULSTON (NZL)

Jose Luis RUBIERA (ESP)

Paolo SAVOLDELLI (ITA)

Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK (BEL)

Max VAN HEESWIJK (BEL)

 

Obvious key additions include 2002 Tour of Italy winner Paolo Savoldelli and Yaroslav Popovych, third overall at the Giro in 2003, fifth overall this year and the World Under 23 champion back in 2001.

 

The addition of Savoldelli and Popovych immediately raises the team's abilities in stage races, a major strength over the last half dozen years, with six Tour de France victories and one win at the Tour of Spain, along with numerous other stage race achievements, including wins at - the Tour of Switzerland, Dauphine Libere, Tour of Catalunya, the former Midi Libre, Tour of Holland and the Three Days of the Panne.

 

"If you look at how the new Pro Tour is designed, the emphasis is clearly on stage racing," said USPS team sports manager Johan Bruyneel. He added that "Hopefully, the three week
Tours
(
France
,
Italy
and
Spain
) will join the ProTour because I think everybody should be part of this new idea. But you can see how the one day races are becoming less important on the schedule. I believe there is something like 14 or 15 one-day race days over 160 days of racing in the Pro Tour. That's not a lot of racing."

 

 

 

On Savoldelli and Popovych, Bruyneel said, "With Savoldelli, we bring in a former winner of a (three-week) tour. He also has a few other solid finishes at the Giro as well and I'm convinced that after two years of bad luck and crashes, I think both mentally and physically he will get back to top form again. He is very motivated for his new challenge. We talked a few years ago and tried to get him on our team but it didn't work out. Yet we kept in touch and now, it finally worked out. In regards to Popovych, he's still very young but has exhibited great things from the very start of his career. In his first year as a professional (2002), he placed 12th in the Giro and the very next year he reached the podium. If you can do those things, you definitely have the qualities to become a potential big tour winner. He

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