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Roche and Kelly - team mates?[edit]

The introduction contains the line "Roche's rise coincided with that of fellow Irishman Sean Kelly although the two were never team-mates", however later in the article in the description of the world cycling championship it is mentioned that they were team mates. I have altered the sentence in the first section. DeSelb (talk) 13:09, 9 July 2010 (UTC)

Roche fired from Carrera[edit]

I removed the remark that Roche was fired from Carrera since it was unsourced and it is potentially seen as a controversial and/or damaging remark. Until it can be sourced that Carrera actually fired Roche - which is to prohibit him from competition in carrera jersey and bikes during some part of the 1987 year then - then I think the more neutral point of view is that Roche changed team and that he was not fired. According to his biography which was written by David Walsh, Roche and his mechanic Patrick Valcke were scouting out potential teammates for his new Fagor team during the 1987 Tour de France and that this created tension during the Tour de France. In his last race of the year, the 1987 Nissan Classic which went from september 30 to october 5th, Roche rode for what was called "Ever Ready batteries-Carrera" together with Carrera-Vagabond teammate Eddy Schepers. (this was reported at the time by the Irish Times newspaper) So despite the controversy in the Giro and the Tour, Stephen Roche was still riding for Carrera in october and had already made the decision to change team. There may have been talk during the Giro d'Italia about firing Roche from the Carrera team but as he was wearing the maglia rosa this did not happen and it seems the team did not fire him. Unless it can be explicitly proven that he was fired it is an opinion that he was fired which ,given the current climate of teams firing riders connected to doping, could be a damaging remark to Roche.--Dawesaudax 08:30, 7 August 2007 (UTC)

Introduction to article[edit]

[[Media:]]From the introduction to the Stephen Roche article: "never competed at peak fitness in a truly open and competitive race including the prominent riders of his generation." I dispute the relevance of this comment. It appears to be a matter of opinion. Whereas Roche won the Tour when Hinault had retired and LeMond was injured, he battled a strong Pedro Delgado, Jean Francois Bernard and Charly Mottet. In the Giro d'Italia he bet Visentini among others. Just because two Tour de France riders were not present during his Tour win does not merit this type of comment in the introduction to the man and his achievements.--Dawesaudax (talk) 09:32, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

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