Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team

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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.

Members[change | change source]

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 squad[change | change source]

As of April 30, 2007.[2]

Rider Date of birth
 Fumiyuki Beppu (JPN) April 10, 1983 (1983-04-10) (age 31)
 Volodymyr Bileka (UKR) February 6, 1979 (1979-02-06) (age 35)
 Janez Brajkovič (SLO) December 18, 1983 (1983-12-18) (age 30)
 Alberto Contador (ESP) December 6, 1982 (1982-12-06) (age 31)
 Antonio Cruz (USA) October 31, 1971 (1971-10-31) (age 42)
 Steve Cummings (GBR) March 19, 1981 (1981-03-19) (age 33)
 Tom Danielson (USA) March 13, 1978 (1978-03-13) (age 36)
 Allan Davis (AUS) July 27, 1980 (1980-07-27) (age 34)
 John Devine[3] (USA) (From July 2007) November 2, 1985 (1985-11-02) (age 28)
 Stijn Devolder (BEL) August 29, 1979 (1979-08-29) (age 35)
 Vladimir Gusev (RUS) July 4, 1982 (1982-07-04) (age 32)
 George Hincapie (USA) June 29, 1973 (1973-06-29) (age 41)
 Levi Leipheimer (USA) October 24, 1973 (1973-10-24) (age 40)
 Fuyu Li (CHN) May 9, 1978 (1978-05-09) (age 36)
Rider Date of birth
 Trent Lowe (AUS) October 8, 1984 (1984-10-08) (age 30)
 Egoi Martínez (ESP) May 15, 1978 (1978-05-15) (age 36)
 Jason McCartney (USA) September 3, 1973 (1973-09-03) (age 41)
 Gianni Meersman (BEL) December 5, 1985 (1985-12-05) (age 28)
 Uroš Murn (SLO) February 9, 1975 (1975-02-09) (age 39)
 Benjamín Noval (ESP) January 23, 1979 (1979-01-23) (age 35)
 Pavel Padrnos (CZE) December 17, 1970 (1970-12-17) (age 43)
 Sérgio Paulinho (POR) March 26, 1980 (1980-03-26) (age 34)
 Yaroslav Popovych (UKR) January 4, 1980 (1980-01-04) (age 34)
 José Luis Rubiera (ESP) January 27, 1973 (1973-01-27) (age 41)
 Tomas Vaitkus (LTU) February 4, 1982 (1982-02-04) (age 32)
 Jurgen Van Goolen (BEL) November 28, 1980 (1980-11-28) (age 33)
 Dennis Dunse Jensen (DEN) March 15, 1995 (1995-03-15) (age 19)
 Matt White (AUS) February 22, 1974 (1974-02-22) (age 40)

References[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

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