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Liestrong - Bontrager at the 2012 TDF

Rumours floating around on Twitter that Liestrong-Bontrager have been invited to ride the 2012 TDF.... what a piece of fucking garbage......so many better deserving teams...thats a joke
Fontfroide

Are you serious?  No, can't be.  In place of a French team?  No way.

Say it ain't so, Joe.
Fontfroide

mistake
Biosphere

Fontfroide wrote:
In place of French team?  No way.


How about in place of a Danish team? Which is probably how the rumour got started in the first place.
berck

Biosphere wrote:

How about in place of a Danish team? Which is probably how the rumour got started in the first place.


Hmm, this have anything to do with the hearing over Saxo Bank potentially loosing its WT license?
Nolte

i don't think that's true.
in the uci licensing, livestrong-bontrager has a continental license while in the regulations, pro continental is the minimum requirement. also being a team of 18 to 21 year old's, i think it may be an act of stupidity to go to the race. there oldest rider is ian boswell born february 1991. their youngest is jasper du buyst born november 1993.

on the cqranking website, of the teams, livestrong is ranked 113th. 10 french teams are ranked higher in the cqranking standings including 4 continental french teams.

in comparison, the all conquering an post team is 51st and the supreme overlord Endura racing is 34th.
the uzbek suren team is 62nd and the only results their riders have is 2nd - 10th in the uzbek national championships

it would take alot for the aso to try to justify such a teams inclusion when there's 112 better teams out there
Boogerd_Fan

Def. an act of stupidity if they did get the nod. A clear publicity stunt.
Nolte

Boogerd_Fan wrote:
Def. an act of stupidity if they did get the nod. A clear publicity stunt.


maybe a pr person for one of the sponsors of the team started the rumour?
bbnaz

certainly got some of you jumping up and down.  Laughing
CapeRoadie

More likely a team like UnitedHealthCare if it's going to be an American team... which it isn't.

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