Saturday, May 05, 2007

Popo's The Man

You can't beat a major stage race to pique your interest in professional cycling, and we get just that May 12-June 3 with the 2007 Giro d'Italia.

The Discovery Channel Team has just announced its roster for the race -- sans Ivan Basso, who left the team last week in light of what has become never-ending doping allegations (however, his bio still appears on the team website).

But let's focus on the riders who will ride, starting with team leader Yaroslav Popovych.

The full team:
1. Yaroslav Popovych
2. Volodomyr Bileka
3. Steve Cummings
4. Pavel Padrnos
5. Jose Luis “Chechu” Rubiera
6. Tomas Vaitkus
7. Brian Vandborg
8. Jurgen Van Goolen
9. Matthew “Whitey” White

According to the Daily Peloton, the nine Discovery Channel riders have started 58 Grand Tours, 25 in the Giro d’Italia. Popovych, a 27-year-old Ukrainian, has competed in five Grand Tours (3 Giros and twice in the Tour de France), finishing third and fifth in the 2003 and 2004 Giros. Popovych also won the best young rider competition at the 2005 Tour de France, finishing 12th overall.

“Basso leaving our squad was certainly a loss but is not a disaster,” said Sean Yates, Discovery Channel lead Sports Director for the Giro (that's interesting in itself). “Popo was always preparing to do a good Giro and I think he is on form. If all goes right for him I think he can be on the podium like he has been in the past.”

Noticeable by their absence (obviously, we'll see them in the Tour de France beginning July 7 in London) are George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, Tom Danielson, Albert Contador and Egoi Martinez.

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Popo's The Man

You can't beat a major stage race to pique your interest in professional cycling, and we get just that May 12-June 3 with the 2007 Giro d'Italia.

The Discovery Channel Team has just announced its roster for the race -- sans Ivan Basso, who left the team last week in light of what has become never-ending doping allegations (however, his bio still appears on the team website).

But let's focus on the riders who will ride, starting with team leader Yaroslav Popovych.

The full team:
1. Yaroslav Popovych
2. Volodomyr Bileka
3. Steve Cummings
4. Pavel Padrnos
5. Jose Luis “Chechu” Rubiera
6. Tomas Vaitkus
7. Brian Vandborg
8. Jurgen Van Goolen
9. Matthew “Whitey” White

According to the Daily Peloton, the nine Discovery Channel riders have started 58 Grand Tours, 25 in the Giro d’Italia. Popovych, a 27-year-old Ukrainian, has competed in five Grand Tours (3 Giros and twice in the Tour de France), finishing third and fifth in the 2003 and 2004 Giros. Popovych also won the best young rider competition at the 2005 Tour de France, finishing 12th overall.

“Basso leaving our squad was certainly a loss but is not a disaster,” said Sean Yates, Discovery Channel lead Sports Director for the Giro (that's interesting in itself). “Popo was always preparing to do a good Giro and I think he is on form. If all goes right for him I think he can be on the podium like he has been in the past.”

Noticeable by their absence (obviously, we'll see them in the Tour de France beginning July 7 in London) are George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, Tom Danielson, Albert Contador and Egoi Martinez.

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