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Monday, September 15, 2008

Jonathan Vaughters' reaction to Sir Lancelot's Comeback


"It draws more attention, which is a positive. It also draws attention away from younger up and coming riders, which you could say is a negative, but it's temporary, it's one year, not ten years. Our team is a long-term proposition, so in terms of what happens next year, and where people's attention is, in some ways I think Lance coming back is good. Now a guy like Christian Vande Velde has the chance to actually beat, mano a mano, a sports legend, and that could elevate him, and our team, to a place in the public eye we never could have been elevated to if this hadn't happened. It gives us an opportunity to prove how good Christian Vande Velde and the team actually are. It's going to force us to up our game. If we can rise to the occasion, it's a good opportunity for us."

10 comments:

Helen said...

Nice quote. If he does ride the Tour we're looking at Armstrong vs A Schleck vs Contador vs Evans vs Sastre. WOW.

Helen said...

I also meant to put Christian in the vs list, but got excited about the possible fights, i'm an idiot :[

Maggie said...

vs. Vande Velde vs Kohl etc.Lance won't win. IMHO

Hey do you have a link to the start list for World Champs yet? I can't find one.

Maggie said...

:) SOK

Helen said...

Don't think there's an official start list yet, not everyone's announced their teams. The official site wasn't very helpful when i last checked..

Maggie said...

isn't it individual riders who are invited rather than teams? Forgive my ignorance.

sansen said...

It is true, it would be quite the show to have two American contenders in le Tour. On another note, I intend no disrespect to Vaughters and his recent contributions to professional cycling, but sometimes I think of him as living vicariously through Vande Velde a la stage mother (albeit one with sideburns) because his experiences at le Tour were so negative, bee/wasp sting especially. Hmm, but perhaps it is to his advantage because he raced with Lance so he would have some inside data for his protege.

Bridget said...

It's going to be epic next year!
Only another... 10 odd months away...

Helen said...

Ah no, it's teams, or countries rather. Each country invited is allocated so many places [eg Italy have 9 and the US have 6] though all countries only have 2 max for the TT and then the National Coaches of each country pick the riders. So favouritism plays into it [hint why for Italy Cunego got picked but Di Luca didn't...]
The coaches don't have to fill all the spots [eg Luxembourg have 9 but were only planning to send the Schlecks and Kirchen], though obviously it advantages you to have more riders.

Bridget said...

Yaaa, and that's why there were all these reports of Italian riders putting in an extra effort to gain a place in the prestigous 'Squadra Azzurra' as it is ultimately the coach's decision