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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
 

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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.
 

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my guess is Horner is better suited

for the later classics (Amstel, L-B-L and Fleche Wallone) short stage races, a good dom and stagiare in big Tours, and the fall classics. Davitamon's owner would sell his mom to the devil for a Ronde win (bless him for that) especially with a Belgian rider. P-V-P is near the end and thus D-L lacks a good local talent who could pull it off.
 

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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.
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.

Hoste will work with Van Petegem in Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders, etc. He was in a bit of a catch-22 this year. Either be a team player, don't get noticed, and get stuck with the same contract next year. Or break the rules, get some high placings and get a raise and a promotion. I may hesitate as his new DS though, unless I'm going to give him carte blanche to do his own race, PVP be damned.

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yeah but Hoste better watch out

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
 

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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
According to cyclingnews.com: P-V-P is leaving Davitamon-Lotto, so it's a moot point now.
 

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According to cyclingnews.com: P-V-P is leaving Davitamon-Lotto, so it's a moot point now.
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.
 

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Make no mistake I do not like Chris Horner the person, but I love the way he rides his bike, I would even go so far as to say the poor american version of Jens Voight. Granted he hasnt won the races Jens has but you get the point. I think Horner has some results left in him, and if PVP does in fact leave DL then this all becomes conjecture. We all know Robbie has the DL train locked up for any kind of grand tour, hes the money guy like it or leave it. Hoste will fit in well to the mold he would essentialy be replacing in PVP but I agree Leif aint getting any younger and you really have to wonder how long Dovitto lets the clock tick before the find another rider.
 

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Horner is a GT and hilly mid-season classic rider- no real overlap with Hoste. Plus when DL was having their bad spell Horner was the one bright light.

Everyone picked Hoste to return to his old team with alot of new money, evidently all of it from PVP who now gets shunted off the team thanks for the 2003 double don't let the door hit you in the rear on the way out.

More details on PVP, now available in the bargin bin:

PVP 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.
http://www.velonews.com/race/int/articles/9941.0.html
 
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