Norwegian Dag-Otto Lauritzen (left) and Donald Trump at a post-race press conference on Trump luxury yacht during the inaugural Tour de Trump in 1989. Photo by John Pierce, PhotoSport International.
  • brucegr

    Great story. Donald Trump certainly has gauche in buckets, but few match his ‘can do’ drive and spirit.
    His critics would do better to match his drive.

  • cthenn

    Man…I go to cycling websites so I can avoid hearing about this turd.

  • Mickey McMook

    Brunner, a former shill for Plant, glosses over how Plant tanked the DuPont race in a ownership dispute with Billy Packer.

    • Brook Watts

      Nice troll Mickey, but DuPont’s focus was already shifting toward NASCAR at that time. Remember that #24 guy, Jeff Gordon?

      • Mickey McMook

        Watts, a former shill for Brunner, doesn’t know the real story of why the Tour Du Pont disappered.

        ‘The bottom line is that Plant got squeezed out,’ he said. ‘Plant, from the outset, wanted this to be part of the Turner network and was disappointed with how it all turned out.’ Plant’s move to Turner and the subsequent squabbling it caused within Medalist also resulted in the cancellation of the Tour du Pont, America’s premier multi-stage race, for this year at least.”

        Medalist Sports president Mike Plant had said in late 1996 he would not promote next year’s race because he was too busy with new obligations as president of the 1998 Goodwill Games. Plant, a vice president of Turner Sports Properties,. Plant also cited a lawsuit filed by former race associate Billy Packer as another impediment. A settlement in the suit over ownership of the race was reached last

        That was too late for DuPont, which said the lawsuit caused six months of planning delays. “We’ve been saying with increasing irritation in our voices, ‘We need you to stand up and tell us who’s managing this event for the next year,'” said John M. Murray, brand manager at DuPont. “And they didn’t stand up until a week ago. We lost two-thirds of the whole preparation schedule.”

        That’s not how Plant sees it. “There were no extensive planning delays,” he said Wednesday afternoon, after talking with DuPont officials. The problem, he said, was the lawsuit and the job he took with Turner Sports in August 1995. Turner Sports would not agree to my involvement in the tour with me having litigation hanging over my head,” Plant said.

        Plant tanked the race after he tried to steal it from Packer and Du Pont pulled the plug. Sorry Brook Watts.

  • Trilby

    Should that be revelled, not reviled?

    • Neal Rogers

      Yes! Correct. Thank you.

      • hornk

        also plotted not plodded.

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  • Chuck6421

    As it happened, I had just retired from racing and the first part of this race passed over roads I trained on almost daily. Pretty exciting watching the world’s greats suffer where I had.
    Just a minor point, but the USAC hadn’t been dreamed up yet. In those days it was the United States Cycling Federation.
    Thanks for the write-up.


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