VinoVelo

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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Great first season for Discovery

How happy must the decision makers at the Discovery Channel be? While Lance has yet to turn a pedal in anger in 2005, their boys in silvery-blue have won the first grand tour of the year, the Dodge Tour de Georgia, the Volta a Catalunya, the Three Days of La Panne and Kurne Brussels Kurne as well as second places at Paris–Roubaix and the Dwars door Vlaanderen, and several stages in several races! Not a bad start to the season, I'd say. Demonstrating the importance that most teams placed in bulking up their teams for the first ProTour season, what's also remarkable is that each of these wins has come from a different rider in each race.

If Lance can go on to win his seventh Tour, I wonder if Johan and co will consider making a bid for the Vuelta title. Will Popovych have enough left in his tank to take a run at the Spanish crown and give Discovery a triple crown of grand tour wins? Has any team ever won all three grand tours in one season? And if so, with different riders in each? I know it's way too early for such speculation, but should it happen, remember that you read it here first - unless, of course, you read it somewhere else first...