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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 3:05 am 
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Very rarely is it the "outstanding" ride that guarantees the victory.
Strength, form, consistency, adaptability - all those things are what Nibali had for the entire three weeks, and a bit of luck, there's always luck, but you tend to make your own.
I think you summed it up in the last sentence there pretty much spot on!

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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 11:43 am 
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elviento wrote:
A bit off topic, what worries me is the fact that sponsors are fleeing the sport, with bike manufacturers having to back up teams, like cannondale, bmc, merida, trek, maybe giant next. Meantime chinarellos will keep chipping away their market. You guys will ultimately pay for this. Imagine cycling becoming a thing among a bunch of bike nerds ONLY. I know ppl would like to think manufacturer s are filthy rich. Fact is, they are not. Cycling needs attention and revenue from crowds other than hardcore cyclists to thrive.


IMO it seems pretty natural for bike manufacturers to sponsor pro teams as they are the first in the queue, if not the only one, to benefit if a given team prooves successfull. same goes with clothes/equipment producers, like Selle Italia.

it's no strange either that some teams are sponsored or even owned by companies run by cycling fans. there's probably hardly any profit in running a cycling team, contrary to e.g. football club, where you've numerous possibilities to earn huge money - though even here you get teams backed by large industries who don't quite need that sort of 'advertisement' or recognition). for many said sponsors, cycling is merely a PR thing, or rather a CSR (corporate social responsibility) thing.

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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 12:06 pm 
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Circles.

Maino, Legnano, Bianchi, Peugeot, Mercier, etc. IIRC the first sponsor from outside the bike industry was Nivea for Magni's team in the 1950s.

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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 5:04 pm 
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LA's new bike :

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Edit : was wondering about him being on DA but found the answer from the road.cc's article :
"Armstrong has gone for a Shimano Dura-Ace 9700 groupset here. Previously, he had a contract with SRAM but the US component brand terminated it last year in the light of revelations about Armstrong’s doping during his race career – you might have heard about that!"


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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 5:13 pm 
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Maybe you should get him to post his bike in the Gallery section.

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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 6:29 pm 
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It'd have been great if his bike was equipped with campagnolo AND if we had a picture of him riding without a helmet.

That could have become the most legendary thread on ww.


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Speaking of LA ... Nike is severing ties with Lance Armstrong's Livestrong charity


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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 8:50 pm 
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Please, this is the PRO cycling discussion. LA is about as UN-professional as a bicyclist can become, sorry..

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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 9:27 pm 
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I've read Giant. What about Belkin? They say it's gonna be the main sponsor.


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With the amazing diversity of Austin custom carbon, Crumpton at the top of the list, but including Alchemy and others, it surprises me to see LANCE on a Parlee. Arguably nobody else whats the negative exposure, but many would still view this as an endorsement by a rider meticulous about every detail for Parlee.

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Any publicity is good publicity.....not to mention, fans of Lance at least equal (possibly outnumber) his detractors.

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He was on a Crumpton last year.

http://www.tmz.com/2012/10/30/lance-arm ... g-scandal/

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Apparently, Parlee likes the publicity.



Last edited by HammerTime2 on Wed May 29, 2013 6:35 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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yeah, but that was (supposedly) a borrowed Crumpton.

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HammerTime2 wrote:
Apparently, Parlee likes the publicity.

[quote="In https://twitter.com/parlee_z1/status/339403554534072322,
Tom Rodi @parlee_z1 "]Lance knows whats up....

http://road.cc/content/news/84535-lance-gets-parleehttp://fb.me/2gXhGezTO


Is Mellow Johnny's still a Trek dealership?

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