TdF: Who is Team Barloworld?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007
By Yokota Fritz

Colombian Mauricio Soler of the underdog Team Barloworld took stage 9 of the Tour de France on Tuesday, breaking away and leaving the chase group in the wind.

The team sponsor Barloworld is an "Industrial Brand Management Company", whatever that's supposed to mean. The website is horrible to navigate, but they seem to be a truck, car and heavy equipment distributor in South Africa.

Team Barloworld is a UCI Professional Continental cycling team based in the United Kingdom. The obtained a wild card entry to the 2007 Tour de France, making them the first British-based team to compete in the TdF since 1987.

Read more about Soler's win at Spare Cycles. The Stage 9 Link Roundup is also there for you to peruse.


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Little know fact: Team Barloworld is actually sponsored by former Jethro Tull drummer Barriemore Barlow. Who says he's too old to rock 'n' roll?

(I learned in preparing this joke that Mr. Barlow and I share a birthday. It's a comedy goldmine!)
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