Yes, Postal sponsorship expired last year. Discovery Channel signed on for the next three years.
One of the criticisms of Lance by many is that he only focuses on the Tour whereas many of the previous Tour champs champions also raced and won other Grand Tours as well as many of the Spring Classics. This was part of his desire to focus on other races now that he has 6 Tours in the bag.
Ever since winning the TdF last year Lance has said he will ride another Tour but wouldn't commit to 05 or 06. He spoke of wanting to win some Spring Classics as well as try and set the record for the one hour ride.
He said last year he would decide and announce in April of this year whether or not he would ride this year's Tour. Yet in the past he always said that if you are going to ride the Tour you must start training in November and focus your training soley on the Tour. But now he claims he can train differently and decide in April if he really wants to ride the upcomming Tour. Well, which is it Lance?
Now he has just come out and said he will ride this years TdF. OK, fine. Let's just get on with it. The hype is annoying. It's more than obvious that Discovery did not pony up big bucks without some kind of commitment from Lance. So, how about we just tell people and stop playing all the games? Just my $.02 YMMV.
And while I'm on a roll I am going to puke if I have to keep hearing about Chery Crowe every time I watch a cycling show.
I can't hold it in much longer.