Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
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. 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]
References[change | change source]
- George, Sue (2007-02-10). "Discovery Channel to end sponsorship". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-02-10. Check date values in:
- "Team Discovery Channel Challenge 2007–THE RIDERS". Retrieved 2007-02-13.
- "Discovery Channel finalises '07 roster". Cyclingnews.com. 2007-01-16. Retrieved 2007-02-13. Check date values in:
Other websites[change | change source]
- Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
- Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team Archived 2006-10-20 at the Wayback Machine
- The Official Fan Club of Lance Armstrong and the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
- Discovery Channel team page at Cyclingpost
- U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team