Discovery Channel Team Report
To date, the Discovery Channel Team has had some solid shows of strength from a variety of riders to open the 2006 season and oddly enough, none of their last names have been Armstrong. At the inaugural Amgen Tour of
A little bit about George
During the Tour of California I spent a fair amount of time with George Hincapie in the holding tent after each of his 2 stage wins and green jersey podium appearances. And what became very clear to me was that these early season wins had filled him with confidence. George couldn?t help but smile about each of his wins as they were both the end result of his teammates? hard work. In both instances his teammates worked hard to protect him over a climb and down into the valley below so that he could sprint away in the final meters of the race for the win.
However, even with his first win of the 2006 season secure he was clearly looking ahead to the month of July. As we waited for the podium ceremony after George won the hilly stage into
More recently, I sent a note to George congratulating him and commenting on his good fitness after he contested a sprint finish at Tirreno-Adriatico alongside speedsters such as Thor Hushovd and Alessandro Petacchi finishing 5th on the day. While some would be satisfied with a 5th place stage finish, George?s response to me was, ?That?s nothing, wait until I feel normal again.? George was referring to his transatlantic flight, 9 hours of jet lag and a minor cold. George is clearly starting to feel better with his form coming along as he gets closer to his upcoming objective, the spring classic races - Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
Tom Danielson: Traveling, Quacking and the Ford Tour de Georgia-
After a sold effort at the Tour of California Tom suffered through the woes of international travel as he: missed his initial flight out of LA, spent the night in LA grabbing dinner with Mark Higgins and I, relaxed in LA the following the day, flew to Barcelona through London only to find out that, oops, his bikes didn?t make it???.sorry Mr. Danielson. So what?s a guy to do? Well, Tom, and Johan, took it all in stride and removed Tom from the start list for Paris-Nice, replaced him with Roger Hammond, and moved him over to race Tirreno-Adriatico (TA) providing him a few extra days of rest.
After a few days of racing in
As for the upcoming Tour de Georgia where Tom is the defending champion, he told me that, ?I am very motivated to perform well with the ultimate goal of defending my title.? This race comes just prior to one of his season?s top objectives, the Giro d?Italia. The Tour de Georgia course suits Tom well with both a Time Trial and climbing stages highlighted by the epic stage finish on top of Brasstown Bald, a stage that Tom won in 2005. Tom told me, ?I?m really excited to come back to race in the U.S and specifically
That?s all about the Discovery Team for now. More stories, trials and tribulations in the coming weeks as I head over to the fabled roads of