Yesterday, Discovery Channel announced their team for the upcoming Vuelta.
Michael Barry, Manuel Beltran, Janez Brajkovic, Stijn Devolder, Vladimir Gusev, Benoit Joachim, Egoi Martinez and Jurgen van Goolen. The reserves are Volodymyr Bileka and Gennadi Mikhailov. The team leader is set to be Tom Danielson.
In my opinion, this is a make or break ride for Tom. He has stayed in the shadows long enough. He can no longer play “Boy Wonder” to someone else’s Batman. He needs to step out and take the team that is waiting for him. Otherwise, he can join the long list of very talented riders who just didn’t have the intangible quality to lead a team to victory in a big race.
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