zealot66 said:Thanks for the laughs and information. It does make sense for the superpower's like lance, contador, etc can afford to concentrate on one or two races per year because of the sponsor coverage and prestige. Its a shame that unless you really follow the sport you miss out on the other great athletes who perfrom well all season without alot of glory. Makes me respect George Hincapie, leipheimer etc ( Im american so I notice the american names more, sorry, no offense to the europeans ) even more for consistency. This season I paid more attention to the younger riders because the old names got a season or two left and thats it.
Well, one thing you can do is to give a bit of time to learning about the many other riders who perform consistently better than any current American rider. In fact, there was a great race (a Classic in fact) today won by a man named Philip Gilbert. I am not being caustic here; it is well worth your time, if you truly want to enjoy cycling, to learn a bit about riders from other countries. I too root for some American riders because I am from the US. However, I also know that as a whole, our nation is not one of the top overall countries for producing excellent riders. I believe that in that pursuit, you will also see that the claims of the superior training techniques by Mr Armstrong and his propaganda wing are a bit overstated.