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Thursday’s mail bag — So much more on Guido

VeloNews.com welcomes your letters. If you run across something in thepages of VeloNews magazine or see something on VeloNews.com that causesyou to want to write us, drop us a line.Please include your full name and home town. By submitting mail to thisaddress, you are consenting to the publication of your letter.Trenti not unusualEditor:People are complaining about the Guido Trenti situation, but let usnot forget this is hardly an unprecedented situation. Max Sciandri is adual citizen of England and Italy. I remember him saying he took out aBritish license because he knew he would not get

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Trenti not unusual
Editor:
People are complaining about the Guido Trenti situation, but let usnot forget this is hardly an unprecedented situation. Max Sciandri is adual citizen of England and Italy. I remember him saying he took out aBritish license because he knew he would not get picked for the Italianteam.Garezeli races with a Swiss license I believe. Do you think that hewould dismiss the idea of riding for the Italian team at the worlds? I doubt it. I’m sure there are others that I am not aware of too.I say if Trenti wants to ride for the team and is qualified (he didwin a stage at the Vuelta last year), let him do it.Peter Rhodes
New HampshireAMERICA FIRST!
Editor:
How many Americans do you know named Guido?In response to your comment about Trenti being “formally” an Americanand then asking “have you seen this guy ride?”  Who gives a crap?Even if he wins the damned thing, who would be proud? We Americans? No! But, the Italians sure would be.This is another prime example of the moronic deeds of USA Cycling. Thisgoes right up there with the changing of the logos a
few years back to the current non-descript USCF and NORBA logos.Peter Greig
10+ year USCF/NORBA License holder
KCBC Racing Team Director
Tour of KC PromoterFast Freddy may get a great lead-out
Editor:
Why should we care about who is on the team if they are working foran American (Freddie Rodriguez). If Trenti can lead out Cipo, who’s tosay that he can’t lead out Rodriguez, who has been close to Cippolini acouple times this year, at least in the spring.  I understand everyone’strepidations, but I think we’re just giving our best sprinter the bestchance to win that we can.Tim RootWho else may be getting that killer lead-out?
Editor;
My question is this:  Who will Guido be riding for, Freddie orCipo?  I guess we’ll have to wait for Zolder for that one.GySgt M.S. Marine
Operations Branch
HQ, 1st Marine Corps District
Garden City, New YorkWhere is his bread buttered?
Three words: Specialized (and) Mario Cipollini. Nothing like marketingdollars at work…I have no problem with Mario going for the world’s but don’t do it usingour team’s roster. How are our coaches going to persuade Trenti to racefor the USA? He gets paid to lead the Lion King out! This team isweak.
 
Steve,
Snoqualmie, WABut does he know the words?
Editor;
Who does this guy think he is? I am going to get a dual citizenship in Iceland, so that I can race in the worlds also.Just because he is not good enough to make the Italian team, he uses his “trump” card and get a slice of Americana. I am sure there are about a dozen other U.S. riders that deserve that spot, and would respect the jersey that they pull over their head, more than this guy.Does he even know our national anthem? I find it quite sad, especially with 9/11 here, to bump a true American, from a spot on a team, that represents America.Thanks,
Chris Doig
USCF cat. 1Good luck Chris and in case you haven’t sung a rousing chorus of the “Lofsöngur” lately, I’m including the lyrics to the national anthemof your newly adopted country below — Editor Ó, guð, vors lands, ó, lands vors guð,
vjer lofum þitt heilaga, heilaga nafn.
 Úr sólkerfum himnanna knýta þjerkranz
 þínir herskarar, tímanna safn.
 Fyrir þjer er einn dagur sem þúsund ár,
 og þúsund ár dagur, ei meir,
 Eitt eilifðar smáblóm með titrandi tár,
 sem tilbiður guð sinn og deyr.
 Íslands þús und ár, Íslandsþús und ár
 Eitt eilifðar smáblóm með titrandi tár,
 sem tilbiður guð sinn og deyr.We’re just buying an extra ticket to the lottery
Editor:
I think Guido Trenti is a fine rider and if he has an American racinglicense and is an American citizen, and legitimately makes the squad, whynot?  I don’t understand why all these people are crying aboutit. The world’s is not the big thing to a lot of working pros that it seemsto be to some of your readers. It is a flat course on a race track andshould be a sprinters’ race
this year but in any year it is a lottery and besides that, the jerseycarries a curse.Pete  De GoisGuido isn’t the question
Editor;
I see no problem with Guido wanting to represent the USA as a memberof our world’s team. If the readers did some research concerning the lastfew world’s they will notice we never fill up all the slots we haveto field a team in the pro’ race. Guido has always wanted to race the world’sfor us and being that he is very good rider he should get the opportunityto race.The readers should question all the U.S. pros that refuse to make evenan effort to attend the race.Carlos Ristorcelli
Redondo Beach, CAHomeland is where the heart is
Editor;
Would you’ll have any insight into why Pena and Rubiera are takingthe Vuelta at what appears to be a casual pace?  Heras and ChristianVande Velde seem pretty much alone out there.Additionally I’d like to know why the U.S. doesn’t select riders suchas Levi, CVV, Lance, George, Trent, Etc… (whats the process for selectionanyway). I don’t want to detract from the riders who have been picked,several of them are excellent and deserve the honor, but why send the “B”team.  And why include a guy who is technically an American on paperbut isn’t one at
heart?
Thanks,
William R. SprengnetherUnderstanding is a two-way street
Editor;
I read with interest the comments made by American cyclists ridingthe Vuelta, especially statements like “they (Europeans) don’t understand,one year later and they have moved on,” or words to that effect.I think it is Americans that don’t understand. Europeans have been dealingwith terrorism for over 30 years, and what kind of concern were Americansshowing then? Indeed, up until a few years ago, the majority of fundingfor the IRA came from citizens of New York and Boston.Don’t forget you just went to war with Afganistan for funding and harbouringterrorists. Bit of a double standard isn’t it?
Mike Verstappen
Warsash, Hampshire
EnglandAll forked up
Hello;
Evidently Roberto Laiseka’s fork snapped and with no front wheel hishead met the pavement. Is this a freak accident or do forks fail in thisway on occasion?  Would a super light bike have anything to do withit?G. Pratt


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