Leif Hoste to join Davitamon Lotto. I don't feel like a psychic, it was pretty obvious with his talent and D.L. needing a real new talent to win them a classic and battle with Boonen
I think with Horner's results this year in Fleche Wallone and especially L-B-L, he will be given leadership in the hilly classics. Horner will probably continue his work as a domestique/opportunist in the grand tours. I'd like to see him race a full season this year as he is one of the few Americans I've seen give it a real go at World's and Tour of Lombardy.deastin said:This makes me wonder what Chris Horner's role will be next year now. It dosn't seem like he has found his "time of the year" so to speak, and I dont see him becoming a grand tour rider ( I ve been wrong before) I always thought the classics best suited Horner's chances of stealing a race but with Hoste on board now what? Plus if he were my teammate I wouldnt trust him to hold a door open for me, let alone ride a bike race in support of me.
According to cyclingnews.com: P-V-P is leaving Davitamon-Lotto, so it's a moot point now.atpjunkie said:he pulls that kinda move on P-V-P and he's a dead man. There is a bar on top of one of the bergs that is the home of the P-V-P fan club. They'd drag Hoste right off the cobbles and beat him senseless
Neither of these moves are really surprising at all. Hoste was bound to be gone, spending a couple of years on an American team who can field a pretty decent classics team, but yet, has still not really won a big classic. PVP's time is coming to a close, and most people think he's seen better times really. He hasn't won a race in a couple of years, but he's still a beast. He probably would have won more if he had raced at the front, he's infamous for racing at the back, and then picking his way through to make the move. That being said, I still think PVP has another big win in him somewhere. Hoste, ain't no spring chicken either. What is he? 28? 29? Horner still has a couple of years left really, and he had some of the better results for DL in the Spring classics, they would be silly to be rid of him for now. He still might have another stage win in shorter stages races pre Tour, and he still has a good chance to take a stage at the grand tours that he does ride in. We'll see what the next few months bring to us.Run1stBike2nd said:According to cyclingnews.com: P-V-P is leaving Davitamon-Lotto, so it's a moot point now.
http://www.velonews.com/race/int/articles/9941.0.htmlPVP to leave Davitamon
Classics specialist Peter Van Petegem will not ride with Davitamon-Lotto next season, the Belgian daily Le Deniere Heure reported Thursday. The team announced it "could not meet the demands of the rider" and will allow the 36-year-old to pursue another team for 2007. Van Petegem, who hasn't won a race since his 2003 season when he won the Flanders-Roubaix double, has come under fire from some quarters in the Belgian press that he is too old to continue racing and should retire. Quick Step-Innergetic could be an option for Van Petegem next year.