U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team

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U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team
Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
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Team information
UCI codeDSC
Registered United States
Founded1988 (1988)
Disbanded2007
Discipline(s) Road
Status UCI ProTeam (2005–2007)
Key personnel
General managerBill Stapleton
Team manager(s) Johan Bruyneel
Team name history
19881989
19921994
1995
19962003
2004
20052007
Sunkyong (Amateur)
Subaru-Montgomery
Montgomery-Bell
U.S. Postal Service
U.S. Postal Service-Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel
U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team jersey Discovery Channel Jersey 2007 Tour de France.png
U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team jersey
Jersey

U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team was a United States-based professional road bicycle racing team. On June 15, 2004, the Discovery Channel signed a deal to become sponsor of the team for the 20042007 seasons and its name changed to Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team ( UCI team code:DSC) From 2005 until 2007, the team was one of the 20 teams that competed in the new UCI ProTour. As part of the sponsorship deal, Lance Armstrong, the team's undisputed leader, provided on-air appearances for the Discovery Networks TV channels. The deal did not affect the rights of secondary sponsor OLN, now known as NBC Sports Network in the US, to air major cycling events such as the Tour de France, although the two channels are competitors.

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The team was directed by Belgian Johan Bruyneel, who also managed U.S. Postal. The chief mechanic was Julien DeVries. The team was co-owned by Tailwind Sports Corp. of San Francisco and Capital Sports & Entertainment of Austin, Texas. On February 10, 2007, Discovery Channel announced that it would not renew its sponsorship of the team at the end of the 2007 season. [1] On August 10, 2007 the cycling team announced that it would not search for a new sponsor, but cease operations and disband at the end of the 2007 season. [2]

In October 2012 USADA released a report saying that the team had run "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme the sport has ever seen". [3] The report contained affidavits from eleven riders on the team including Frankie Andreu, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, and others, describing their own usage of erythropoietin (EPO), blood transfusion, testosterone, and other banned practices during the Tour de France and other races. They also implicated seven-time Tour winner Armstrong. [4] On October 22, 2012 the UCI upheld the USADA's recommendation to strip Armstrong of all results since August 1, 1998, and ban him from cycling for life. [5] In February 2013, the US government joined Landis' False Claims Act lawsuit against Armstrong, alleging that Armstrong had defrauded the US Postal Service of sponsorship funds by violating cycling rules by using performance-enhancing drugs while riding for the team. [6]

Team rosters

Final season

On August 10, 2007, Tailwind Sports announced the end of the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team. Tailwind officials stopped their search for a new title sponsor for the Discovery team, citing the current tumultuous conditions within the sport of cycling. [7] Team operations continued until the end of the 2007 season.

After the 2007 season Johan Bruyneel went to rebuild Team Astana for the 2008 season. He brought with him much of Discovery's personnel, such as riders Alberto Contador, Levi Leipheimer, Yaroslav Popovych, Tomas Vaitkus, and coach Sean Yates.

The 2007 U.S. national road champion George Hincapie signed a contract for the 2008 season Team High Road, later known as Team HTC-Columbia, run by the American Bob Stapleton. [8]

Final squad (2007)

As of April 30, 2007. [9] Ages are from August 10, 2007.

RiderDate of birth
Flag of Japan.svg  Fumiyuki Beppu  (JPN) (1983-04-10)April 10, 1983 (aged 24)
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Volodymyr Bileka  (UKR) (1979-02-06)February 6, 1979 (aged 28)
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Janez Brajkovič  (SLO) (1983-12-18)December 18, 1983 (aged 23)
Flag of Spain.svg  Alberto Contador  (ESP) (1982-12-06)December 6, 1982 (aged 24)
Flag of the United States.svg  Antonio Cruz  (USA) (1971-10-31)October 31, 1971 (aged 35)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Steve Cummings  (GBR) (1981-03-19)March 19, 1981 (aged 26)
Flag of the United States.svg  Tom Danielson  (USA) (1978-03-13)March 13, 1978 (aged 29)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Allan Davis  (AUS) (1980-07-27)July 27, 1980 (aged 27)
Flag of the United States.svg  John Devine [10]  (USA)(From July 2007) (1985-11-02)November 2, 1985 (aged 21)
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Stijn Devolder  (BEL) (1979-08-29)August 29, 1979 (aged 27)
Flag of Russia.svg  Vladimir Gusev  (RUS) (1982-07-04)July 4, 1982 (aged 25)
Flag of the United States.svg  George Hincapie  (USA) (1973-06-29)June 29, 1973 (aged 34)
Flag of the United States.svg  Levi Leipheimer  (USA) (1973-10-24)October 24, 1973 (aged 33)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Fuyu Li  (CHN) (1978-05-09)May 9, 1978 (aged 29)
RiderDate of birth
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Trent Lowe  (AUS) (1984-10-08)October 8, 1984 (aged 22)
Flag of Spain.svg  Egoi Martínez  (ESP) (1978-05-15)May 15, 1978 (aged 29)
Flag of the United States.svg  Jason McCartney  (USA) (1973-09-03)September 3, 1973 (aged 33)
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Gianni Meersman  (BEL) (1985-12-05)December 5, 1985 (aged 21)
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Uroš Murn  (SLO) (1975-02-09)February 9, 1975 (aged 32)
Flag of Spain.svg  Benjamín Noval  (ESP) (1979-01-23)January 23, 1979 (aged 28)
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Pavel Padrnos  (CZE) (1970-12-17)December 17, 1970 (aged 36)
Flag of Portugal.svg  Sérgio Paulinho  (POR) (1980-03-26)March 26, 1980 (aged 27)
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Yaroslav Popovych  (UKR) (1980-01-04)January 4, 1980 (aged 27)
Flag of Spain.svg  José Luis Rubiera  (ESP) (1973-01-27)January 27, 1973 (aged 34)
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Tomas Vaitkus  (LTU) (1982-02-04)February 4, 1982 (aged 25)
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Jurgen Van Goolen  (BEL) (1980-11-28)November 28, 1980 (aged 26)
Flag of Denmark.svg  Brian Vandborg  (DEN) (1981-12-04)December 4, 1981 (aged 25)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Matt White  (AUS) (1974-02-22)February 22, 1974 (aged 33)

Former members of Discovery Channel

NameNationalityYears
Lance Armstrong Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2005
José Azevedo Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 2005–2006
Michael Barry Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2005–2006
Ivan Basso Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 2007
Manuel Beltrán Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2005–2006
Michael Creed Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2005
Antonio Cruz Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2005
Viatcheslav Ekimov Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 2005–2006
Roger Hammond Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 2005–2006
Ryder Hesjedal Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2005
George Hincapie Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2005–2007
Leif Hoste Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2005–2006
Benoît Joachim Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 2005–2006
Jonathan Patrick McCarty Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2005
Gennady Mikhaylov Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 2005–2006
Hayden Roulston Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 2005
Paolo Savoldelli Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 2005–2006
Jurgen Van den Broeck Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2005–2006
Max van Heeswijk Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 2005–2006

Former members of U.S. Postal

NameNationalityYears
Lance Armstrong Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1998–2004
Benoit Joachim Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 1999–2004
Frankie Andreu Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1998–2000
José Azevedo Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 2004
Dariusz Baranowski Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 1998
Michael Barry Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2002–2004
Tom Boonen Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2000–2002
Jamie Burrow Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 2000
Dylan Casey Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1999–2002
David Clinger Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2002
Michael Creed Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2004
Antonio Cruz Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2001–2004
Julian Dean Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1999–2000
Pascal Derame Flag of France.svg  France 1998–1999
Viatcheslav Ekimov Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1997–2004
David George Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 1999–2000
Chad Gerlach Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1996
Eddy Gragus Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1995–1997
Tyler Hamilton Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1996–2000
Andrew Hampsten Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1996
Roberto Heras Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2001–2003
Ryder Hesjedal Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2004
George Hincapie Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1997–2004
Frank Høj Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1999
Marty Jemison Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1998–1999
Patrick Jonker Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2000
Steffen Kjærgaard Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 2000–2003
Damon Kluck Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2003
Kenny Labbé Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2000–2004
Floyd Landis Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2002–2004
Juan Llaneras Rosello Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1998
Levi Leipheimer Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2000–2001
Kevin Livingston Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1999–2000
Glenn Magnusson Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1999
Chann McRae Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2002
Peter Meinert-Nielsen Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1998–1999
Gianpaolo Mondini Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 2002
Kirk O'Bee Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2000
Víctor Hugo Peña Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 2001–2004
Daniel Rincón Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 2004
Jean-Cyril Robin Flag of France.svg  France 1997–1998
Sven Teutenberg Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1998
Christian Vande Velde Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1998–2003
Jonathan Vaughters Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1998–1999
Cédric Vasseur Flag of France.svg  France 2000
Stive Vermaut Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2000
Robbie Ventura Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2003–2004
Anton Villatoro Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 1996–1998
Matt White Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2001–2003
Dave Zabriskie Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2003–2004

Notable wins

2005 results

DateRaceLocationWinner
2005Team Classification, Hervis Tour of AustriaFlag of Austria.svg  Austria Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
2005-02-27 Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium George Hincapie
2005-04Overall, Tour of GeorgiaFlag of the United States.svg  United States Tom Danielson
2005-05-19Stage 11, Giro d'ItaliaFlag of Italy.svg  Italy Paolo Savoldelli
2005-05-22Overall, Volta a Catalunya Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Yaroslav Popovych
2005-05-29General Classification, Giro d'Italia Jersey pink.svg Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Paolo Savoldelli
2005-06-05Prologue, Dauphiné LibéréFlag of France.svg  France George Hincapie
2005-06-12Points Classification, Dauphiné Libéré Jersey green.svg Flag of France.svg  France Lance Armstrong
2005-06-12Team Classification, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré Flag of France.svg  France

Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team

2005-06-12Stage 7, Critérium du Dauphiné LibéréFlag of France.svg  France George Hincapie
2005-07-05Stage 4 (TTT) Speed record, [11] Tour de FranceFlag of France.svg  France Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
2005-07-17Stage 15, Tour de FranceFlag of France.svg  France George Hincapie
2005-07-20Stage 17, Tour de FranceFlag of France.svg  France Paolo Savoldelli
2005-07-24 Best Young Rider Classification, Tour de France Jersey white.svg Flag of France.svg  France Yaroslav Popovych
2005-08-04Stage 1, Eneco Tour of BeneluxFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Max van Heeswijk
2005-08-08Stage 5 Eneco Tour of Benelux Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Max van Heeswijk
2005-08-28 GP Ouest-France Flag of France.svg  France George Hincapie
2005-09-02Stage 6, Vuelta a España Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Max van Heeswijk

2006 results

DateRaceLocationWinner
2006Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom National Cyclo-Cross ChampionshipFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Roger Hammond
2006-02-21Stage 2, Tour of CaliforniaFlag of the United States.svg  United States George Hincapie
2006-02-26Stage 5, Tour of California Flag of the United States.svg  United States George Hincapie
2006-03-28Stage 1, Three Days of De PanneFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Leif Hoste
2006-03-30Stage 4, Three Days of De PanneFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Leif Hoste
2006-03-30 KOM, Three Days of De PanneFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Leif Hoste
2006-03-30Overall, Three Days of De Panne Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Leif Hoste
2006-04-25Prologue, Tour de Romandie Flag of France.svg  France Paolo Savoldelli
2006-05-06Prologue, Giro d'Italia Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Paolo Savoldelli
2006-05-28Combination Classification (Maglia Blu), Giro d'Italia Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Paolo Savoldelli
2006-06-11Flag of Japan.svg  Japan National Time Trial Cycling ChampionshipFlag of Japan.svg  Japan Fumiyuki Beppu
2006-07-03yellow jersey as leader of the general classification after stage 1, Tour de France Jersey yellow.svg Flag of France.svg  France George Hincapie
2006-07-09Overall, Tour of Austria Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Tom Danielson
2006-07-14Stage 12, Tour de France Flag of France.svg  France Yaroslav Popovych
2006-07-23Overall, Sachsen Tour International Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Vladimir Gusev
2006-08-01Prologue, Deutschland Tour Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Vladimir Gusev
2006-08-09Best Young Rider, Deutschland Tour Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Vladimir Gusev
2006-08-20Stage 4 (ITT), Eneco Tour of Benelux Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands George Hincapie
2006-08-27Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium National Time Trial Cycling Championship Jersey belgianflag.svg Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Leif Hoste
2006-09-02Flag of the United States.svg  United States National Road Race Cycling Championship Flag of the United States.svg  United States George Hincapie
2006-09-04Stage 1, Tour de Pologne Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Max van Heeswijk
2006-09-06Stage 11, Vuelta a España Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Egoi Martínez
2006-09-13Stage 17, Vuelta a España Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Tom Danielson
2006-09-17King of the Mountains, Vuelta a España Jersey red.svg Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Egoi Martínez
2006-09-17Team Classification, Vuelta a España Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Discovery Channel
2006Flag of Japan.svg  Japan National Road Race Cycling ChampionshipFlag of Japan.svg  Japan Fumiyuki Beppu

2007 results

DateRaceLocationWinner
2007-02-15Metas Volantes, 2007 Vuelta a MallorcaFlag of Spain.svg  Spain Tomas Vaitkus
2007-02-18Prologue, 2007 Tour of CaliforniaFlag of the United States.svg  United States Levi Leipheimer
2007-02-23Stage 5 (ITT), 2007 Tour of CaliforniaFlag of the United States.svg  United States Levi Leipheimer
2007-02-25Overall, 2007 Tour of California Flag of the United States.svg  United States Levi Leipheimer
2007-03-02Stage 4, 2007 Vuelta a la Comunidad ValencianaFlag of Spain.svg  Spain Alberto Contador
2007-03-15Stage 4, 2007 Paris–NiceFlag of France.svg  France Alberto Contador
2007-03-16Stage 5, 2007 Paris–NiceFlag of France.svg  France Yaroslav Popovych
2007-03-18Stage 7, 2007 Paris–NiceFlag of France.svg  France Alberto Contador
2007-03-18Best Young Rider, 2007 Paris–NiceFlag of France.svg  France Alberto Contador
2007-03-18Overall, 2007 Paris–Nice Flag of France.svg  France Alberto Contador
2007-03-29Stage 4, 2007 Vuelta Ciclista a Castilla y LeónFlag of Spain.svg  Spain Alberto Contador
2007-03-30Spanish Rider Classification, 2007 Vuelta Ciclista a Castilla y LeónFlag of Spain.svg  Spain Alberto Contador
2007-03-30Combination Classification, 2007 Vuelta Ciclista a Castilla y LeónFlag of Spain.svg  Spain Alberto Contador
2007-03-30Overall, 2007 Vuelta Ciclista a Castilla y LeónFlag of Spain.svg  Spain Alberto Contador
2007-04-05Stage 4 (ITT), 2007 Three Days of De PanneFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Stijn Devolder
2007-04-18Stage 3, 2007 Tour de GeorgiaFlag of the United States.svg  United States Gianni Meersman
2007-04-19Stage 4 (ITT), 2007 Tour de GeorgiaFlag of the United States.svg  United States Levi Leipheimer
2007-04-20Stage 5, 2007 Tour de GeorgiaFlag of the United States.svg  United States Levi Leipheimer
2007-04-22Team Classification, 2007 Tour de GeorgiaFlag of the United States.svg  United States Discovery Channel
2007-04-22Best Young Rider, 2007 Tour de GeorgiaFlag of the United States.svg  United States Janez Brajkovič
2007-04-22Overall, 2007 Tour de Georgia Flag of the United States.svg  United States Janez Brajkovič
2007-05-23Stage 3, 2007 Volta a Catalunya Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Allan Davis
2007-06-01Stage 3 (ITT), 2007 Tour of BelgiumFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Vladimir Gusev
2007-06-03Overall, 2007 Tour of Belgium Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Vladimir Gusev
2007-06-21Stage 6, 2007 Tour de Suisse Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Vladimir Gusev
2007-06-24Mountains Classification, 2007 Tour de Suisse Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Vladimir Gusev
2007-06-29Flag of Russia.svg  Russia National Time Trial Cycling ChampionshipFlag of Russia.svg  Russia Vladimir Gusev
2007-07-01Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium National Road Race Championships Jersey belgianflag.svg Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Stijn Devolder
2007-07-12Stage 5, 2007 Tour of AustriaFlag of Austria.svg  Austria Gianni Meersman
2007-07-14Stage 1, 2007 Tour of Qinghai LakeFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Allan Davis
2007-07-14Stage 7 (ITT), 2007 Tour of AustriaFlag of Austria.svg  Austria Stijn Devolder
2007-07-15Overall, 2007 Tour of AustriaFlag of Austria.svg  Austria Stijn Devolder
2007-07-16Stage 3, 2007 Tour of Qinghai LakeFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Allan Davis
2007-07-18Stage 5, 2007 Tour of Qinghai LakeFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Allan Davis
2007-07-19Stage 6, 2007 Tour of Qinghai LakeFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Allan Davis
2007-07-21Stage 8, 2007 Tour of Qinghai LakeFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China José Luis Rubiera
2007-07-22Stage 9, 2007 Tour of Qinghai LakeFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Allan Davis
2007-07-22Points Classification, 2007 Tour of Qinghai Lake Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Allan Davis
2007-07-22Stage 14, 2007 Tour de FranceFlag of France.svg  France Alberto Contador
2007-07-28Stage 19 (ITT), 2007 Tour de FranceFlag of France.svg  France Levi Leipheimer
2007-07-29Team Classification, 2007 Tour de France Jersey yellow number.svg Flag of France.svg  France Discovery Channel
2007-07-29 Best Young Rider, 2007 Tour de France Jersey white.svg Flag of France.svg  France Alberto Contador
2007-07-29 General classification, 2007 Tour de France Jersey yellow.svg Flag of France.svg  France Alberto Contador
2007-08-13Stage 2, 2007 Tour de l'AinFlag of France.svg  France Brian Vandborg
2007-09-02Flag of the United States.svg  United States National Road Race Cycling Championship Flag of the United States.svg  United States Levi Leipheimer
2007-09-12Stage 2, 2007 Tour of MissouriFlag of the United States.svg  United States George Hincapie
2007-09-13Stage 3, 2007 Tour of MissouriFlag of the United States.svg  United States Levi Leipheimer
2007-09-15Stage 14, 2007 Vuelta a España Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Jason McCartney
2007-09-16Overall, 2007 Tour of Missouri Flag of the United States.svg  United States George Hincapie

U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team history

The US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team and later named the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team presented by Berry Floor operated from 1996 through 2004. The United States Postal Service was the title (primary) sponsor from 1996 through 2004 and the team was nicknamed the "Blue Train". Berry Floor, a Belgian flooring company, was the secondary sponsor, also known as a Presenting Sponsor. Domestically the USPS Pro Cycling Team was presented by Alloc, the American subsidiary of Berry Floor.

Lance Armstrong won six Tours de France (1999–2004) (that were later stripped) with US Postal, and in 2003 Roberto Heras—at that time a US Postal rider—won the Vuelta a España. Armstrong went on to win a seventh Tour de France in 2005 (that was later also stripped), after the USPS contract and sponsorship ended.

The US Postal Service announced that it would cease sponsorship at the end of the 2004 racing season when its eight-year contract expired. It had previously been under fire for the expenditure from organizations such as Postal Watch, a website critical of the United States Postal Service. Legitimate problems of mismanagement and sloppy accounting were pointed out by the Postal Service itself, via the USPS Office of the Inspector General. Before the expiration of the USPS contract, Armstrong insisted that he would only continue to ride with the USPS team structure. This demand was met on June 15, 2004 when Discovery Networks stepped in and agreed to sponsor the team for the next three years as the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team.

1996 results

With the help of Thomas Weisel and Eddie Borysewicz, the United States Postal Service begins its reign as title sponsor to what has become the most successful cycling team from the United States. Borysewicz served as the team's directeur sportif and the team raced mainly in domestic events in the United States.

DateRaceLocationWinner
1996 USPRO National Road Race Championships Flag of the United States.svg  United States Eddy Gragus
1996Stage Tour of China Flag of the United States.svg  United States Eddy Gragus

1997 results

Thomas Weisel brought in Mark Gorski, the 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist in the Men's 1000 m Sprint (Scratch) event, as team manager. Due in large part to Russian Viatcheslav Ekimov and his key stage wins at Paris–Nice and the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, the USPS squad got its first invitation to ride in the Tour de France.

DateRaceLocationWinner
1997Stage, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré Flag of France.svg  France Viatcheslav Ekimov
1997Stage, Paris–Nice Flag of France.svg  France Viatcheslav Ekimov
1997Stage, Redlands Classic Flag of the United States.svg  United States Eddy Gragus
1997Flag of Russia.svg  Russia National Road Race ChampionshipFlag of Russia.svg  Russia Viatcheslav Ekimov
1997Stage, Setmana Catalana Flag of Spain.svg  Spain George Hincapie

1998 results

Lance Armstrong joined the US Postal team in late 1997, when returning to professional cycling following his cancer treatments.

DateRaceLocationWinner
1998 Flag of the United States.svg USPRO National Road Race Championships Flag of the United States.svg  United States George Hincapie
1998Overall, Tour de Luxembourg Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg Lance Armstrong
1998Stage, Tour de Luxembourg Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg Lance Armstrong
1998Overall, Rheinland Pfalz Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Lance Armstrong
1998Killington (Vermont) Stage RaceFlag of the United States.svg  United States George Hincapie
1998First Union Invitational (Lancaster, Pa.)Flag of the United States.svg  United States Frankie Andreu

1999 results

DateRaceLocationWinner
1999 Flag of the United States.svg USPRO National Road Race Championships Flag of the United States.svg  United States Marty Jemison
1999First Union Classic (Trenton, New Jersey)Flag of the United States.svg  United States George Hincapie
1999Redlands Classic (Redlands, California)Flag of the United States.svg  United States Christian Vande Velde
1999Best Young Rider Classification, Four Days of Dunkirk Flag of France.svg  France Christian Vande Velde

2000 results

DateRaceLocationWinner
2000 Grand Prix Eddy Merckx Flag of France.svg  France Viatcheslav Ekimov

2001 results

In 2001, the U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team was named the USOC Team of the Year. Also, Armstrong was named USOC SportsMan of the Year, which he also won in 1999.

DateRaceLocationWinner
2001-04-11 Gent–Wevelgem Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium George Hincapie
2001-09 San Francisco Grand Prix Flag of the United States.svg  United States George Hincapie

2002 results

DateRaceLocationWinner
2002-06 Flag of the United States.svg USPRO National Road Race Championships Flag of the United States.svg  United States Chann McRae
2002-07-18Overall, Vuelta a Murcia Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Víctor Hugo Peña

2003 results

DateRaceLocationWinner
2003-07-09Stage 4 (TTT), Tour de FranceFlag of France.svg  France U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team
2003-09-27Stage 20, Vuelta a EspañaFlag of Spain.svg  Spain Roberto Heras
2003-09-28Overall, Vuelta a España Jersey gold.svg Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Roberto Heras

2004 results

L-to-R: Armstrong, Azevedo, and Ekimov of the 2004 USPS team USPS team 2004 TDF.jpg
L-to-R: Armstrong, Azevedo, and Ekimov of the 2004 USPS team
DateRaceLocationWinner
2004-04-01Overall, Three Days of De Panne Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium George Hincapie
2004-07-07Stage 4 (TTT), Tour de FranceFlag of France.svg  France U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team

Early history and notable wins

19881989 Sunkyong (Amateur)

Eddie Borysewicz, known as "Eddy B", was the road coach of a pro/amateur cycling team formed by George Taylor and sponsored by Sunkyong, a South Korea-based manufacturing and industrial conglomerate. At the 1984 Summer Olympics, Borysewicz served as the U.S. Olympic Cycling Coach and led American cyclists to an unprecedented nine Olympic medals.

19921994 Subaru-Montgomery

Subaru and Montgomery Securities, led by Thomas Weisel, serve as co-title sponsors.

DateRaceLocationWinner
1990Tour de GastownFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Jonas Carney
1991Stage 2, Redlands ClassicFlag of the United States.svg  United States Jim Copeland
1991 Tour de Gastown Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Lance Armstrong
1991Stage 6, Redlands ClassicFlag of the United States.svg  United States Krzysztof Wiatr
1992 Herald Sun Tour Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Bart Bowen
1992 USPRO National Road Race Championships Flag of the United States.svg  United States Bart Bowen
1993Stage 1, Redlands ClassicFlag of the United States.svg  United States Miguel Arroyo

1995 Montgomery-Bell

Montgomery Securities Chief Executive Thomas W. Weisel, an avid cyclist, continued his support for cycling.

DateRaceLocationWinner
1995Stage 8, Tour Du Pont Flag of the United States.svg  United States Clark Sheehan
1995Stage 4, Tour de Pologne Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Eddy Gragus

Sponsors

The following companies and organizations served as sponsors for the 2007 squad: [12]

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