I think I’ve watched less pro cycling races this year than in a long time. Actually – I know I have. It wasn’t even a conscious decision. But I do have to admit almost every race I look at, there was some guy that I was suspicious of. And that doesn’t make it any fun to watch. (more…)
After much speculation, a little strategic maneuvering, and then a final parting of ways Swiss time trial champion Fabian Cancellara has found a new home. And the new home looks a lot like the old home. Fabian has followed the Schlecks, Voigt, O’Grady and others to the new Luxembourg Team. By my count, this makes him the 25th (and final) member of the team. The timing leads to questions about whether or not Cancellara was waiting to be sure the team received their ProTour license – which in fact they did.
A little while back I asked, “Anyone have the 3 mil € for Cancellara?” And the answer is, apparently, we will never know.
Rumors have been flying ever since Cancellara’s early abandonment of this years Veulta that Riis and Cancellara were parting ways. Bjarne has now confirmed that an agreement has been reached that will release Cancellara from his contract with Saxo one year ahead of schedule. There seems to be a high liklihood that Cancellara will now join the Schlecks – and other current Saxo Bank teammates – on the new Luxembourg team being formed. Another possibility that has been rumored in the works for Swiss time trial champion would be to join BMC – a Switzerland based team.
As will all transfer season rumors, it isn’t decided until the ink dries on the contract. And you should probably give it a few days after that too.
Bjarne Riis – manager of Team Saxo Bank – may be changing riders faster than some can keep track, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know how to run a team as a business. His remaining star rider (not to be confused with is new star rider) Fabian Cancellara still has one year left on his contract. Due to this contract, and a couple of comments made by Fabian during the initial round of speculations about the Schleck’s new Luxembourg team, it was mostly assumed that Fabian would remain with Riis for the remainder of his contract.
Indications are coming out – as reported by Velonation and others – that Fabian Cancellara will stay with Saxo Bank-Sungard for the final year of his existing contract. There have been several rumor about Fabian’s possible signing with the new Luxembourg team of Frank and Andy Schleck, or of a move to the Swiss BMC Racing team.