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Team Radio Shack Developments (Ongoing Thread)
Lance Armstrong Foundation | July 23, 2009 | Various

Posted on 07/27/2009 7:07:08 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy

Jul 23 RadioShack Partners With Lance to Form New Cycling Team in 2010
by Brooke McMillan (LAF Staff)

RadioShack Corporation is proud to announce a partnership with seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong to form a new American Pro-Tour cycling team. Beginning in 2010, Lance Armstrong will compete for Team RadioShack as a cyclist, runner and triathlete in events around the world, including the 2010 Tour de France.

“This has been a great season so far – the response in the countries we’ve been to has been amazing and it’s clear now that this was the right choice. Utilizing the massive media attention that the sport receives has been the perfect vehicle to help spread the LIVESTRONG message around the world,” said Lance Armstrong. “To be able to compete for an American team comprised of the world’s top cyclists, supported by the best coaches and staff – I couldn’t be happier to partner with RadioShack, a truly iconic American brand,” said Lance Armstrong.

For more information about this partnership and to view a video message from Lance, please go to www.livestrong.com


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Sports; Travel
KEYWORDS: lancearmstrong; missinglink; oopers; radioshack; teamradioshack; teamrs
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This is intended to be an ongoing thread to post and discuss Team Radio Shack developments as the Team fleshes out their plans and adds riders for next year's Gran Tours.

This is going to be a very well-managed, -organized, and -funded Pro-Tour Cycling Team, and it should be very exciting to watch as it develops.

Team Radio Shack

1 posted on 07/27/2009 7:07:09 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy
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To: Ready4Freddy
i have never seen anyone working in a radio shack who looks like they have ever been on a bike.

but they do have nice cable!

2 posted on 07/27/2009 7:09:15 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Ready4Freddy

I like how most people’s response to Team Radio Shack seems to be “Radio Shack is still in business?”

I’m ready to see how this shapes up.


3 posted on 07/27/2009 7:14:43 AM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Ready4Freddy

>> This is going to be a very well-managed, -organized, and -funded Pro-Tour Cycling Team, and it should be very exciting to watch as it develops.

Just like Radio Shack? May G-d help the publicists who have to do this for a living.

Radio Shack - you have questions, we have dumb looks.


4 posted on 07/27/2009 7:16:29 AM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: 21stCenturion; Aeronaut; alfa6; BaBaStooey; Baynative; big ern; Blue Jays; bwteim; cabojoe; ...
Team Radio Shack Ping. (Lance Armstrong's new Pro-Tour Cycling Team)

I'm using our larger TdF ping list to let all of y'all know what we're doing, but I do understand that some of y'all may not wish to be pinged to developments of TRS.

Please let me know via FreepMail if you wish to be taken off the Team Radio Shack Ping List. This is expected to be a low volume list, btw.

5 posted on 07/27/2009 7:18:16 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

I don’t think you will see Alberto Contador on the team - he was looking pretty chummy with the Columbia Slipstream boys on the way to the Champs...


6 posted on 07/27/2009 7:18:26 AM PDT by frithguild (Can I drill your head now?)
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To: Ready4Freddy

I WANT A T-SHIRT !!!!!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!


8 posted on 07/27/2009 7:35:17 AM PDT by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: frithguild

Alberto is rumored to be under contract to Astana through 2010, as well as talking to folks about another Spanish team to be formed.

Contador doesn’t want to be on Astana with Alexander Vinokourov coming back from his 2-year doping suspension.


9 posted on 07/27/2009 7:35:40 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me.)
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To: Baynative

I would bet Horner is coming along. Who really wants to stick around Astana these days?


10 posted on 07/27/2009 7:35:53 AM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Mr. Blonde

It is kind of funny that the response to US Postal was similar... Most often asked question was “Why is the Post Office spending money on a cycling team?”


11 posted on 07/27/2009 7:37:22 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Mr. Blonde

RS is an odd company, and I have never quite figured out what they are supposed to do. However, this is a brilliant marketing move!


12 posted on 07/27/2009 7:37:46 AM PDT by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: Ready4Freddy
Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In Business
13 posted on 07/27/2009 7:40:04 AM PDT by Doohickey (I try to take my days one at a time, but occasionally several days attack me at once.)
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To: QBFimi; Baynative
Kevin Smith could have done Clerks in an RS. :) But I wouldn't mock an RS employee any more than I would the cashier or bag boy at a grocery.

But it will be Bruyneel (surely) & Armstrong managing the team; Johan knows what he's doing.

And there will be / are plenty of other sponsors besides RS. Trek, and... (bay, can you take over here? :)

14 posted on 07/27/2009 7:43:27 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me.)
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To: devane617
RS is an odd company

Remember when they were Tandy?

15 posted on 07/27/2009 7:47:08 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Nike is a sponsor also - they’ll be providing clothing/shoes etc.


16 posted on 07/27/2009 7:48:57 AM PDT by green iguana
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To: Ready4Freddy
Team Radio Shack Wiki page
17 posted on 07/27/2009 7:50:37 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me.)
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To: Doohickey

That’s hilarious. Sometimes the Onion does it right.


18 posted on 07/27/2009 7:52:34 AM PDT by green iguana
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To: Ready4Freddy

Yes....I do remember. They are much like the old Western-Auto stores who has gone by the wayside because they refused to change. RS should use this opportunity to remake that company and go head-to-head with Best Buy. Since Circuit-City is gone I see an opportunity.


19 posted on 07/27/2009 7:54:18 AM PDT by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

I hope Armstrong kicks Contador’s arse.

Didn’t like that guy at all.


20 posted on 07/27/2009 7:59:15 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: devane617
Perhaps Tandy can donate the leather with which to make Team RS lederhosen for the Alpine stages.
21 posted on 07/27/2009 8:02:23 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me.)
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To: devane617
Kind of like 7-11 gearing up to compete with Von's/Pavilions?
22 posted on 07/27/2009 8:08:49 AM PDT by norton
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To: norton

I can’t say because I have NO idea what a Von’s/Pavillions are....But, yes, they can compete because the biggest hurdle is the infrastructure and they have it in place.


23 posted on 07/27/2009 8:14:29 AM PDT by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I know what you mean, but Contador is Lance Armstrong 12-14 years ago in so many ways. Better climber, though, than Lance was pre-cancer.


24 posted on 07/27/2009 8:16:38 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me.)
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To: martin_fierro; AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
RadioShack Corporation is proud to announce a partnership with seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong to form a new American Pro-Tour cycling team. Beginning in 2010, Lance Armstrong will compete for Team RadioShack as a cyclist, runner and triathlete in events around the world, including the 2010 Tour de France.
He schwinn another one with this team riding in tandy.

martin, this is *almost* a GM pingworthy topic, as are all those mentioning Lance Armstrong.
25 posted on 07/27/2009 8:33:46 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: devane617

Pavillions = Kroegers for the well dressed(?)


26 posted on 07/27/2009 8:55:09 AM PDT by norton
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To: Ready4Freddy

Thanks for starting the thread. I can’t wait to here the final form of the team.


27 posted on 07/27/2009 9:18:35 AM PDT by Mom MD (Jesus is the Light of the world!)
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To: frithguild

Ummm -
Columbia and Slipstream are 2 different teams. Contador on either would be awesome, but I hear he is looking at a Spanish team. I guess we’ll find out in Sept.


28 posted on 07/27/2009 9:19:35 AM PDT by Mom MD (Jesus is the Light of the world!)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Garmin, Columbia and now RadioShack?

You think the French will invite 3 US Teams?


29 posted on 07/27/2009 9:45:59 AM PDT by PeteB570 (NRA - Life member and Black Rifle owner)
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To: Baynative; Ready4Freddy

Good stuff... thanks for the pings! I’ll try to catch up later with TdF stuff...


30 posted on 07/27/2009 10:14:18 AM PDT by nutmeg (Obamunism is destroying America)
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To: PeteB570

Columbia and Garmin will definitely be back, and the UCI Pro Tour isn’t going to keep out the team with the most famous cyclist in the world on it.


31 posted on 07/27/2009 10:21:36 AM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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“.....and the UCI Pro Tour isn’t going to keep out the team with the most famous cyclist in the world on it.”

The UCI Pro Tour can do some odd things.

Contador “won” the 2007 TdF after Rass drugged out. Still Contador did good riding.

But last year his team, Astana, was not invited because of what Vino and a couple of other riders did.

I don't think the TdF organizers will go with 3 US teams.

I think it will be RadioShack and Columbia.

Garmin will have to make other plans for July 2010.

32 posted on 07/27/2009 10:44:48 AM PDT by PeteB570 (NRA - Life member and Black Rifle owner)
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To: PeteB570

Garmin was the second place team this year with two guys in the top 10. I would think that would get them back. Presuming that Wiggins and Vandevelde stay on the team. It may be a long shot, but at this point they are going to be some of the stronger teams in the race (despite Columbia’s rather poor showing this year).


33 posted on 07/27/2009 10:59:23 AM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Mr. Blonde
“......(despite Columbia’s rather poor showing this year).”

How many stage wins did Garmin get? Did they get more than Columbia?

I'm just saying I think having 30% of the Teams in next years TdF be American Teams might be a bit much to the Europeans.

We shall see.

34 posted on 07/27/2009 11:17:21 AM PDT by PeteB570 (NRA - Life member and Black Rifle owner)
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To: Red in Blue PA
I hope Armstrong kicks Contador’s arse.Didn’t like that guy at all.

VeloNews today: Contador Rips Armstrong

Tour de France winner Alberto Contador on Monday launched a stinging attack on teammate Lance Armstrong, saying relations between the two were tense throughout the race.

"My relationship with Lance is non-existent. Even if he is a great champion, I have never had admiration for him and I never will," the Spaniard told a news conference in Madrid.

[snip] ..."It was a delicate situation, tense, the two riders who had most weight on the team did not have an easy relationship and that puts the rest of the technical staff and the riders in an uncomfortable position," said the 26-year-old Contador, who also won the Tour in 2007.

Well, guess that settles the question about where AC will or at least won't be riding next year!

35 posted on 07/27/2009 11:25:18 AM PDT by leilani (Tagline? What tagline?)
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To: leilani

clarification of above: that was an AFP story in velonews.


36 posted on 07/27/2009 11:26:48 AM PDT by leilani (Tagline? What tagline?)
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To: Baynative
My storybook fantasy would be to see a resurrection of Floyd Landis to give him his just reward for being screwed over by UCI and French media witch hunters. Lance must have some compassion for what FL went through

Your storybook fantasy is just that - fantasy. Floyd cheated - blatantly. His ride to yellow that fateful day was simply impossible. His testosterone %'s were insanely high. His excuses shifted all over the place from "bad test" to "I did a shot of Jack Daniels the night before" to "I've got big balls."

Americans cheat too. Don't tell me you believe Tyler Hamilton too? Barry Bonds? Roger Clemens? Bill Clinton?
37 posted on 07/27/2009 11:52:34 AM PDT by whattajoke (.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
I hope Armstrong kicks Contador’s arse. Didn’t like that guy at all.

Actually, Contador's story parallels LA's in many ways. The guy had a brain aneurysm and came back from that. IF he's clean, he has a chance to be one of the greatest cyclists of all time... IF. He's won all 3 grand tours. He's young. He climbs and TT's.

And frankly, he kept his yap shut during the Tour when clearly he was totally pissed the entire time. (He's no longer keeping his yap shut though.)
38 posted on 07/27/2009 11:56:02 AM PDT by whattajoke (.)
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“Your storybook fantasy is just that - fantasy. Floyd cheated - blatantly.”

Many would disagree with your statement. Mostly on the fact that the tests before and after the hot one were normal.

Lots of “odd things” were brought out in the next years fighting about the way samples were taken, tested and stored. Enough that a lot of changes were made.

Floyd's side raised enough questions that he would have been innocent in a jury trial. But the charge would have to stand or all Hell would have broken loose with other riders.

At least this years TdF was clean - so far.

39 posted on 07/27/2009 12:06:51 PM PDT by PeteB570 (NRA - Life member and Black Rifle owner)
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To: leilani
more quotes from the Sky News version

"He is a great rider and has completed a great race but it is another thing on a personal level, where I have never had great admiration for him and I never will.

"On this Tour, the days in the hotel were harder than those on the road.

"The situation was tense and delicate because the relationship between myself and Lance extended to the rest of the staff.

"The two riders who had most weight on the team did not have an easy relationship and that puts the rest of the technical staff and the riders in an uncomfortable position."

After a successful return to the race following his retirement, third-placed Armstrong will return next year in the colours of his own team he will set up for the new season.

Contador will also be in new colours next year, as he was clearly not happy with Astana for bringing in another big name in Armstrong.

"We'll have to see what happens," Contador said of his fture. "I don't know where I will go but it will clearly be with a team that is 100 percent behind me."

I doubt he really means that first part. In interviews he has said Lance was his hero and his inspiration during his hospitalization for an aneurysm. But either way I don't blame him for being ticked that Lance was brought onto his team after he was chosen to run with Bruyneel. It was all just un. fortunate.

40 posted on 07/27/2009 12:23:08 PM PDT by lainie (The US congress is full to the brim of absolutely disgusting thieves who deserve humiliating ouster.)
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RadioShack shares fall on dim sales prospects, Mon. 7/27/2009

Cost-cuts helped RadioShack Corp (RSH.N) beat estimates in the second quarter, but its shares fell 8 percent on fears the electronics retailer might not be able to sustain profits by merely controlling expenses.

42 posted on 07/27/2009 12:32:01 PM PDT by lainie (The US congress is full to the brim of absolutely disgusting thieves who deserve humiliating ouster.)
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To: lainie
Also to be fair to Alberto, he might also have been pretty ticked by comments Lance made yesterday after the podium where he suggested Contador is a very very strong rider who nonetheless has some weaknesses which can be exploited for riders (including him) who might compete with Alberto in the future. Lance refused to name said weakness, but the clear inference (by me & also Phil Liggett at the time) was what many others before us have already observed - Contador seems a little short in the 'saddle sense' department.

We can't keep excusing the fact that he's young (he's what, almost 27 now? A viejo himself soon). He's an incredibly gifted athlete but there's still a lot more required to join the exclusive pantheon of true greats on the Grand Tours - contests which no one, not even Eddy M, could win five or more times without scrupulous adherence to a smart strategic program, an acutely-honed intelligence which allows for nimble improvisation on the bike to deviate from that program when exigencies demand it & the ability to carefully cultivate solid relationships with fellow riders whose help they need to get across the finish line first.

Maybe the sting of what Lance & others are saying is what made him lash out, but hopefully he will do a lot of soul-searching anyway & recognize for the sake of his own extraordinary potential that there's some truth to what they're saying.

Whatever the case, though, I still can't wait to hear the true behind-the-scenes scoop about the complicated relationship between these two on this year's Tour.

43 posted on 07/27/2009 12:48:59 PM PDT by leilani (Tagline? What tagline?)
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To: Mom MD

Doh! I meant Columbia...


44 posted on 07/27/2009 1:53:12 PM PDT by frithguild (Can I drill your head now?)
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To: lainie

I’m sure that was a difficult time. Especially when it would be easy to think the rest of the team was against you. Of the guys riding I can’t imagine he felt he had anyone to confide in there as they all would logically seem to be in Team Armstrong.

I think their relationship would have been much different if they were on different teams. Lance seems to like Andy Schleck who can be almost as dangerous as Contador.


45 posted on 07/27/2009 2:05:13 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: frithguild; Mom MD

Hi, frithguild. Related to your Freudian(??) slip, word was that when LA was 1st talking to Astana, Contador threatened to go over to Garmin w/ 2 of his top domestiquies.


46 posted on 07/27/2009 2:06:35 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me.)
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To: PeteB570; Mr. Blonde

Hi, PeteB. It would be more like 15% of the teams, since there’s generally 20-22 Teams invited to the TdF.

Mr. Blonde, it’s ASO, a private French organization, that hands out invites as Tour organizer. UCI is the Int’l org that licenses the Teams.

Both Columbia and Garmin have some names, and they have significant Euro membership as well.

My guess is that all 3 Teams will receive invites.


47 posted on 07/27/2009 2:28:32 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me.)
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To: leilani; luv2ski; Baynative
Contador will also be in new colours next year, as he was clearly not happy with Astana for bringing in another big name in Armstrong.

Actually, I think he's far more concerned about Vino's return to Astana.

I bet it was uncomfortable at the dinner table and meetings. I'd also bet AC pouted & whined like a little beyotch the whole time.

48 posted on 07/27/2009 2:36:33 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me.)
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To: Ready4Freddy
Remember when they were Tandy?

Remember Tandy/Radio Shack leather kits?



49 posted on 07/27/2009 2:44:40 PM PDT by Drago
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To: Ready4Freddy
Actually, I think he's far more concerned about Vino's return to Astana

((Shudder)).

Any athlete would have to be loony to ride for Vino & the Kazakh government. They haven't even designed their new kit yet but go ahead & picture it in your mind anyway. Does it not have "D I S Q U A L I F I C A T I O N - I N - P R O G R E S S" written all over it? Ewwww.Vino's a scandal just waiting to happen.

50 posted on 07/27/2009 2:51:42 PM PDT by leilani (Tagline? What tagline?)
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