Friday, May 2, 2008

Team High Road - did you know...

that Team High Road, professional cycling team competing in international road bicycle races, is currently without a name sponsor, and have therefore chosen the name of the company owning the team? The team participates in many editions of the annual Grand Tours of cycling, such as the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia. Since 2005, the team has been one of 20 teams that compete in the new UCI ProTour.

The team was founded in 1991 as Team Telekom, sponsored Deutsche Telekom. In 2004 their name changed to the T-Mobile Team. It contains a total of 29 riders, 9 physiotherapists or nurses, 9 mechanics and service persons, and has 22 partners. The team is under the management of Bob Stapleton and Rolf Aldag. Former leaders include Olaf Ludwig, Walter Godefroot and Eddy Vandenhecke (managers), Luuc Eisenga (spokesperson) and Brian Holm, Tristan Hoffman, Allan Peiper, Valerio Piva and Jan Schaffrath (sports directors).

In November 2007, Deutsche Telekom AG announced that it was to end sponsorship of professional cycling with immediate effect. The team continues under the name "Team High Road".[12] The team changed nationality in February 2008, switching from Germany to USA

I found this info in Wikipedia. As i was sitting in front of the TV watching the Tour de Romandie Time Trial I saw a High Road rider and couldn't figure out what a High Road was. I thought maybe it was somehow an anti-doping team - as in "take the high road." Now i know.

9 comments:

Eloy said...

While all your info is correct. Your intuition is also correct: "take the high road" is basically where the company name High Road comes from.

PEANUT said...

That's good to know. Then i will continue to be impressed with their performance this year. I must also mention that I love the team kits - very clean and simple.

GCDavid said...

Yes I did know. EVERYONE knows that.

Might as well ride around in jerseys that say "Your logo company here" on them

chr15 tree said...

and with three brits in there, 2 of which will likely ride the tour I know which team I'll be watching.

:)

PEANUT said...

hey gcdavid: Well, i feel like a fool. I had no idea. Oops.

Hi chr15: What team will you be watching? haha.

GCDavid said...

I'd rather feel like a fool than to be firmly committed to actually being a fool.

And more often than not, people have placed me in the latter category.

Oh, BTW, ran 2:56:53 at Boston.

PEANUT said...

HOLY TOLEDO - THAT'S FAST!!!! Great job on the marathon!

And on the other topic, i find it much more enjoyable to commit to being a fool in most situations. haha.

bikesgonewild said...

...speaking of fools, i wonder what the aso's are thinkin' to themselves now that both their pals the veulta & the giro have invited astana to come out & play...

...& which "high level pro" was the fool the uci mentioned (but hasn't revealed), that tried to manipulate his base stats, probably thinking he could then get away w/ sneaky stuff all year...maybe he can get a job as a rocket scientist when they suspend his ass...doh !!!...

PEANUT said...

I'd say the aso would say the other two are the real fools. Denial brings bliss - ignorance does too.

Maybe we can take a poll on who the mystery pro is. Or simpler yet, what is his country of origin.