Discovery Channel team searching for its next identity
LONDON -- Cycling in general and the Tour de France in particular might be in tremendous flux, but one thing is reminiscent of years past. An American rider has a chance to win the race and the lone U.S. team in the Tour is built to deliver him to the podium.It's an odd, schizophrenic time for the Discovery Channel team, the squad that in this and its former incarnation as U.S. Postal Service earned seven Tour victories for Lance Armstrong. Rocked by the departure of co-leader Ivan Basso after his admission of involvement in the Operacion Puerto doping case in Spain, still without a primary sponsor to replace the Discovery network's parent company at the end of this year, the team has had its only positive news on the road -- and plenty of it.