Berry Floor to sign with CSC?

There are rumours of a possible transfer from US Postal to CSC, but the focus is on a team sponsor r

There are rumours of a possible transfer from US Postal to CSC, but the focus is on a team sponsor r
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Berry Floor, Lance Armstrong's US Postal team's co-sponsor, have been in talks with Bjarne Riis' CSC squad about a possible switch to the Danish team, according to sources close to procycling. A meeting was apparently held on Wednesday morning, prior to the Alpe d'Huez time trial, between Berry Floor representatives and CSC's sponsorship manager, Lars Gjols-Andersen. CSC hope to raise their budget to 12-13 million euros for next year from its current level of around eight million euros, and bringing the flooring company on board would be a giant leap in the right direction. US Postal will end their sponsorship of Armstrong's team at the end of this season, and the team's owners, Tailwind Sports, have already announced that the Discovery Channel will take over as the main sponsor in 2005. But it is unclear whether Belgian sponsor Berry Floor would continue with the American team, whose official name is the United States Postal Service Cycling Team presented by Berry Floor, perhaps the longest team name in professional cycling history. A switch to CSC would mean Berry Floor backing Ivan Basso in 2005. The 26-year-old Italian who now looks likely to finish runner-up to Armstrong in Paris on Sunday, and who might yet be the man who finally topples the American from the Tour top spot next July.
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