Discovery Channel announces 25 riders for 2005

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Discovery Channel announces 25 riders for 2005

As 2004 comes to an end and the US Postal team prepares for its changeover to become the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team, beginning January 1, 2005, team management released the squad's 25 rider roster. A few more riders will probably still be added, but at the moment, the 2005 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team Roster includes:

Lance Armstrong (USA), Stijn Devolder (Bel), Benjamin Noval (Spa), Jose Azevedo (Por), Viatcheslav Ekimov(Rus) Pavel Padrnos (Cze), Michael Barry (Can), George Hincapie(USA), Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Roger Hammond (GBr), Leif Hoste (Bel), Hayden Roulston (NZl), Manuel Beltran (Spa), Benoît Joachim (Lux), Jose Luis Rubiera (Spa), Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr), Jason McCartney (USA), Paolo Savoldelli (Ita), Michael Creed (USA), Patrick McCarty (USA), Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel), Antonio Cruz (USA), Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus), Max Van Heeswijk (Bel), Tom Danielson (USA).

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Evan Marks (not verified)

Here's the current (?) migration list:

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Anthony Poole (not verified)
Will Landis replace Hamilton?

Is Floyd Landis going to be replacing Hamilton as head of Phonak once he gets booted out of the peleton?

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Jay Goldwein (not verified)
Landis and Hamilton

Landis signed with Phonak before Hamilton's blood tests came back.

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Anthony Poole (not verified)
But what about under the changed circumstances?

While Landis may have signed before Hamilton's failed blood tests, my question was whether under these circumstances, will FL be delcared the new leader of Phonak once TH gets booted out, or will they try and poach a big hitter from another team? Could Bjarne Riis persuade his former Telecom team mate Jan Ullrich to lead up Phonak?

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Michael (not verified)
Two serious losses to Phonak

Landis and Pena's loss will surely be felt

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Chris T. (not verified)
National Diversity

Despite the 7 Americans on the Discovery squad, there are 12 other nations represented in the 18 other spots on this team. This is probably the most diverse cycling team in terms of nationality on the top pro level; and by a wide margin.

The following major cycling nations are not represented in the 2005 roster:
Australia, and

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