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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

kids gone wild ...

The Slipn'Steamers announced their secret signing ... it was, of course, big MaggyB.

Maggy is all nordic man-meant - he crushes beer cans with his eyelids, he shoves the moon out of the way to get better surf, he roars like an albino lion in heat and best of all, he cries just like a little ... girl.

sexy swederman.


yeah .... I'm a fan of the big freak. Anybody who was told they should look into basketball and chose to ride a bike instead ... is all right in my book.
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So, with VanDuhVelde, Zabratski, and newly championed (post epo'd) Davey Millar of Great Britain by way of HongKong ...

the team does look like it's on a trajectory to become the newest European Idol. The Frenchies have given the Argyles a decent reception thus far ... romanced by their underdawg status and claims of cleanliness. and i'm in agreement with them.


i'll look forward to seeing those poofters on the roads of Roubaix next year.

18 comments:

dr-nitro said...

They got themselves the Kiwi champ, Julian Dean, as well. I had my issues with JV, back in the day, but I certain dig what he is doing now. But argyle? Ah well, just goes to show that we are geeks.

lauren said...

more magnus!

jAndy donka-donk said...

I wish they kept Taylor....

I wanted to see him pulling the train up a Col in the Giro next year...

Anonymous said...

Tyler and I gonna go watch Lucas in the tour next year!!!! Woo Hoo!!

Lil Ninja

swiggco world said...

I though David Millar was born on the island of Malta......I guess I could be wrong. Taylor is out? I guess it's hard to keep your job when the company decides to go mega-tour. So much for the U-23 devo theme.

Big Bad Wolf said...

Millar (used to) live(d) in Hong Kong. As for Zabriskie (I suppose thats who you mean by Zabratski ?) isn't he still with CSC?

Big Bad Wolf said...

OK, facts check out.
But will they join the Pro Tour circuit or just stay in the US?

Anonymous said...

Bela
i think that is sabine right?

TJ here and we talked at your booth at the sea otter.
Idont have any kids, Iam at Berkeley High.
I wanted to maybe do that jumping clinic you mentioned. Dad says I could go.
But I can not link up to the site you said the info was at, can you give me the web site where I can find info on a jumping clinic, thanks
TJ

gewilli said...

magnus is my hero...

UCI Pro tour would have lots or 'splainin to do if they don't grant them a license with the horses they've just signed...

dr-nitro said...

Given their anti-doping program, the UCI would probably given them a ProTour license next year if they wanted. Hopefully this program will help them secure a commercial sponsor, cuz yeah, it would rock to see lil' L.Euser going up the Alps in July.

Lyne said...

JV said that he didn't want a ProTour license next year, which I assume means that they didn't apply for it. So they'll stick to being a continental, a step 'above' domestic, and hope for invites to races. He seemed pretty sure that they'll be invited to ASO races (P-R, TdF...)

Anonymous said...

JV says that they don't want to grow the program too quickly and that after meeting with Prudhomme and McQuaid they have decided to go in phases. Next year the goal is to be invited to Roubaix and the tour as one of the non pro tour squads. This will be tricky since they ain't frogs, but JV has that certain "Je ne sais quoi" that the frenchies like.

Its no easy feat jumping from a program like Slipsteam is currently running to a Pro Tour operation. Think about the logistics of having to run essentialy 2 concurrent squads racing in different races all year long on differnent continents. It makes me tired just thinking about it.

I think JV is doing it smart. Let's hope their clean vibe takes hold. Teams like them are the best shot cycling has at this point.

dr-nitro said...

Certainly waiting a year is the best bet. They need a commercial sponsor, and they are and will continue to get good press in the light of the other bad press in cycling.

I do, though, think that the UCI will do what they can to help them put the squad's ducks in a row for a 2009 Protour license.

On other team news, T-Mobile are staying with Stapleton and the boys in pink. Good news, and certainly a strong statement of the benefit of promoting a strong in-house anti-doping program.

Velovera said...

Magnus also has the most perfect british accent. It's so funny after the SFGP in 04, all these fat dudes were walkling up to him and telling him that he was one of them. He may be big for the peleton, but he's still skinny and just tall!

Riccardo (multo lungo) B. said...

Bike racing is SO much tougher than Basketball. I'd like to see some of those NBA primadonna gangsters play NON-STOP, NO TIME OUTS for SIX HOURS STRAIGHT. Every time one of them bumps their knee on the floorboards, they act like such babies.
Grind your face into the asphalt at 48 kph like Hinault (for you old guys) or Poulidor (for REALLY old guys like me)and then get up and keep going for a few more hours.
Oh, sorry, I digress, this WAS about Maggie. A few years ago when he was with a team that used Italian bikes he told me that he broke 4 frames in one season. Amazing what 1600 watts can do to even the best of frames....
Current big boy of the Peleton is Johann Vansummerin at 79 kgs but I am still 5 cms (203 vs 198) taller.
And Gene Portuesi is LONG DEAD and I STILL RIDE A BIKE ( but could never play basketball due to massive uncoordination problems...)

Anonymous said...

Tyler Farrar is also on the squad next year.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

that's huge

dr-nitro said...

They need to get Tommy D. Maybe his coffee brand could become the commercial sponsor they are looking for.