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Questions about bike hire abroad and everything light bike related. No off-topic chat please

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by MarkGiardini

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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by tymon_tm

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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by Kjetil


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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by Guerdi

LA's new bike :

from road.cc

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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by prendrefeu

Maybe you should get him to post his bike in the Gallery section.

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by Guerdi

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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by djm

Please, this is the PRO cycling discussion. LA is about as UN-professional as a bicyclist can become, sorry..

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by FeitoSpain

I've read Giant. What about Belkin? They say it's gonna be the main sponsor.

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by djconnel

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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by btompkins0112

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

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by MattSoutherden

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by HammerTime2

Apparently, Parlee likes the publicity.

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by xnavalav8r

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

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by stella-azzurra

HammerTime2 wrote:Apparently, Parlee likes the publicity.

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


Is Mellow Johnny's still a Trek dealership?
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