I hope you all enjoyed me not writing for two weeks as much as I did. In case you were expecting a follow-up on the biological passport, I want to be thorough so I sent a question to the UCI for clarification (you may remember they mentioned that a simple call could have solved any mystery, so I’ve decided to follow that course of action. I hope they come through).
But what a fun moment (insert sarcasm) to come back, with all these rumors flying around. This time it’s Leo-Shack. One thing stood out for me in the cyclingnews article:
There are 27 riders under contract at Leopard Trek and 13 riders under contract at RadioShack.
For a team to have only 13 riders under contract halfway through the Vuelta is very unusual. Possible reasons:
- You have an enormous problem with your rider group. While there are certainly things to point to (Armstrong investigation, the average age, etc), I don’t see anything that would require replacing half the riders on that team. And if this were the case, you’d be hiring like crazy right now.
- You don’t have sufficient sponsorship funds for next year to make new commitments.
- You’re planning a merger and combined you have too many riders.
- You’re a mad genius and have a plan so brilliant nobody understands it.
Obviously this list is not exhaustive, but I struggle to find other logical reasons. In the current situation, it may very well be a combination of #2 and #3. Obviously very few people know the whole story, but the clue about 13 signed riders is too big to ignore. I’ll put my money on Bruyneel, in the kitchen, with the knife.
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