Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team

US bicycle racing team (1988-2007)

The Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team was a professional racing team.

The US Postal Service stopped sponsoring their team in 2004. The Discovery Channel took over sponsorship in June 2004 in time for the new UCI ProTour

On February 10 2007 Discovery Channel decided not renew its sponsorship of the team at the end of the 2007 season.[1] The decision to end its sponsorship is believed to be related to the sacking of Discovery Networks president Billy Campbell by David Zaslav, the new president of Discovery Communications the same day.

On 10 August 2007 Tailwind Sports, who are the team's licence holders, said the team would stop racing at the end of the year<. They could not find a new sponsor and blamed bad publicity about doping in the 2007 Tour de France.

MembersEdit

The most famous member of the Discovery Channel team was Lance Armstrong who won seven Tours de France before he retired in 2005.

Current members of the team, such as 2007 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, 3rd placed Levi Leipheimer and George Hincapie all had to find new teams. Hincapie joined Team T-Mobile. Many think Contador may have trouble finding a new team because of rumours about being involved in the very big Operation Puerto doping scandal.

2007 squadEdit

As of April 30, 2007.[2]

Rider Date of birth
  Fumiyuki Beppu (JPN) (1983-04-10) April 10, 1983 (age 37)
  Volodymyr Bileka (UKR) (1979-02-06) February 6, 1979 (age 41)
  Janez Brajkovič (SLO) (1983-12-18) December 18, 1983 (age 36)
  Alberto Contador (ESP) (1982-12-06) December 6, 1982 (age 37)
  Antonio Cruz (USA) (1971-10-31) October 31, 1971 (age 48)
  Steve Cummings (GBR) (1981-03-19) March 19, 1981 (age 39)
  Tom Danielson (USA) (1978-03-13) March 13, 1978 (age 42)
  Allan Davis (AUS) (1980-07-27) July 27, 1980 (age 40)
  John Devine[3] (USA) (From July 2007) (1985-11-02) November 2, 1985 (age 34)
  Stijn Devolder (BEL) (1979-08-29) August 29, 1979 (age 40)
  Vladimir Gusev (RUS) (1982-07-04) July 4, 1982 (age 38)
  George Hincapie (USA) (1973-06-29) June 29, 1973 (age 47)
  Levi Leipheimer (USA) (1973-10-24) October 24, 1973 (age 46)
  Fuyu Li (CHN) (1978-05-09) May 9, 1978 (age 42)
Rider Date of birth
  Trent Lowe (AUS) (1984-10-08) October 8, 1984 (age 35)
  Egoi Martínez (ESP) (1978-05-15) May 15, 1978 (age 42)
  Jason McCartney (USA) (1973-09-03) September 3, 1973 (age 46)
  Gianni Meersman (BEL) (1985-12-05) December 5, 1985 (age 34)
  Uroš Murn (SLO) (1975-02-09) February 9, 1975 (age 45)
  Benjamín Noval (ESP) (1979-01-23) January 23, 1979 (age 41)
  Pavel Padrnos (CZE) (1970-12-17) December 17, 1970 (age 49)
  Sérgio Paulinho (POR) (1980-03-26) March 26, 1980 (age 40)
  Yaroslav Popovych (UKR) (1980-01-04) January 4, 1980 (age 40)
  José Luis Rubiera (ESP) (1973-01-27) January 27, 1973 (age 47)
  Tomas Vaitkus (LTU) (1982-02-04) February 4, 1982 (age 38)
  Jurgen Van Goolen (BEL) (1980-11-28) November 28, 1980 (age 39)
  Dennis Dunse Jensen (DEN) (1995-03-15) March 15, 1995 (age 25)
  Matt White (AUS) (1974-02-22) February 22, 1974 (age 46)

ReferencesEdit

  1. George, Sue (2007-02-10). "Discovery Channel to end sponsorship". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-02-10. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. "Team Discovery Channel Challenge 2007–THE RIDERS". Retrieved 2007-02-13.
  3. "Discovery Channel finalises '07 roster". Cyclingnews.com. 2007-01-16. Retrieved 2007-02-13. Check date values in: |date= (help)

Other websitesEdit

Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team