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 32)
 Volodymyr Bileka (UKR) February 6, 1979 (1979-02-06) (age 36)
 Janez Brajkovič (SLO) December 18, 1983 (1983-12-18) (age 31)
 Alberto Contador (ESP) December 6, 1982 (1982-12-06) (age 32)
 Antonio Cruz (USA) October 31, 1971 (1971-10-31) (age 43)
 Steve Cummings (GBR) March 19, 1981 (1981-03-19) (age 34)
 Tom Danielson (USA) March 13, 1978 (1978-03-13) (age 37)
 Allan Davis (AUS) July 27, 1980 (1980-07-27) (age 35)
 John Devine[3] (USA) (From July 2007) November 2, 1985 (1985-11-02) (age 29)
 Stijn Devolder (BEL) August 29, 1979 (1979-08-29) (age 36)
 Vladimir Gusev (RUS) July 4, 1982 (1982-07-04) (age 33)
 George Hincapie (USA) June 29, 1973 (1973-06-29) (age 42)
 Levi Leipheimer (USA) October 24, 1973 (1973-10-24) (age 41)
 Fuyu Li (CHN) May 9, 1978 (1978-05-09) (age 37)
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 37)
 Jason McCartney (USA) September 3, 1973 (1973-09-03) (age 42)
 Gianni Meersman (BEL) December 5, 1985 (1985-12-05) (age 29)
 Uroš Murn (SLO) February 9, 1975 (1975-02-09) (age 40)
 Benjamín Noval (ESP) January 23, 1979 (1979-01-23) (age 36)
 Pavel Padrnos (CZE) December 17, 1970 (1970-12-17) (age 44)
 Sérgio Paulinho (POR) March 26, 1980 (1980-03-26) (age 35)
 Yaroslav Popovych (UKR) January 4, 1980 (1980-01-04) (age 35)
 José Luis Rubiera (ESP) January 27, 1973 (1973-01-27) (age 42)
 Tomas Vaitkus (LTU) February 4, 1982 (1982-02-04) (age 33)
 Jurgen Van Goolen (BEL) November 28, 1980 (1980-11-28) (age 34)
 Dennis Dunse Jensen (DEN) March 15, 1995 (1995-03-15) (age 20)
 Matt White (AUS) February 22, 1974 (1974-02-22) (age 41)

References[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

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