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Postal signs … Robbie Ventura

When the U.S. Postal Service submitted its paperwork to the UCI at the end of last month, an unexpected name appeared on the team's official roster, former Saturn sprinter Robbie Ventura. The move was part of an effort by the team to solidify its presence on the home front. Director of operations Dan Osipow said, "We were looking for some speed in criterium racing, which we've lacked in the last couple of years, in American-style events." Osipow said that the team's U.S. schedule will resemble that of recent years -- including Redlands, Sea Otter, the BMC series, Clarendon Cup

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By Bryan Jew VeloNews Senior Writer

When the U.S. Postal Service submitted its paperwork to the UCI at the end of last month, an unexpected name appeared on the team’s official roster, former Saturn sprinter Robbie Ventura. The move was part of an effort by the team to solidify its presence on the home front.

Director of operations Dan Osipow said, “We were looking for some speed in criterium racing, which we’ve lacked in the last couple of years, in American-style events.”

Osipow said that the team’s U.S. schedule will resemble that of recent years — including Redlands, Sea Otter, the BMC series, Clarendon Cup and the First Union series — but that Postal hopes to field a strong eight-man squad at most of those big domestic events. “At the highest profile races, hopefully we’ll be able to stack those races that much more,” he said.