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Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:52 am
by MichaelB
Now that Saxo has stepped in (with SunGard) to help out Riis, who are the other PT teams that are under threat of closing for the 2011 season.

From my understanding, the others are Caisse and Milram, as the sponsors are not renewing and they haven't announced anything yet ?

Any others ?

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:29 am
by MichaelB
Oh, and Footon-Servetto has now had Geox Management step in for a cool $50 M Euro over 5 years :shock: and rumours of Cunego being a target signing :roll:

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:36 am
by roller
maybe they can spend some of that $50M EUR on getting a new jersey design that doesn't include the poo-brown on black colour suite they've been rocking this past while

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:02 am
by MichaelB
Seems that BBox have gotten another 12 months grace from their sponsor woes becauuse of their pretty good performances this season and at the TdF. Good news as they have been doing rather well

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:05 am
by im_no_pro
roller wrote:maybe they can spend some of that $50M EUR on getting a new jersey design that doesn't include the poo-brown on black colour suite they've been rocking this past while


That would be nice, is the only thing I dont like about riding a Fuji Team bike :shock:

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:43 am
by thelittlebattler
im_no_pro wrote:That would be nice, is the only thing I dont like about riding a Fuji Team bike :shock:


+1

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:45 am
by Mr Squiggle
MichaelB wrote:Now that Saxo has stepped in (with SunGard) to help out Riis, who are the other PT teams that are under threat of closing for the 2011 season.

From my understanding, the others are Caisse and Milram, as the sponsors are not renewing and they haven't announced anything yet ?

Any others ?


Looks like Caisse d'Epargne have announced a new sponsor for next year. Not sure it will be enough though to retain LL Sanchez - I reckon he might still end up at Rabo regardless...

Thanks to cyclingnews.com...

After months of speculation the Caisse d'Epargne team have announced that communications giant Telefonica will sponsor the team from next season. The Spanish squad will compete under the name of Team Movistar as of January 1, 2011. The team’s budget and the duration of the contract with Telefonica have yet to be made public.

Caisse d'Epargne announced earlier in the year that they were pulling out of the sport. Since then team boss Eusebio Unzué had struggled to find a replacement backer, with a number of his stars, including Luis Leon Sanchez, courted by rival teams. He had indicated that he wanted riders to give him until August 15 before signing with new teams, implying that a sponsor announcement was imminent.

The safety of a new sponsor would now suggest that Sanchez, along with a large contingent of Spanish riders, will remain with the team for at least another year.

Team directeur, Neil Stephens, himself strongly linked with a move away from the team, said that he was pleased a sponsor could be secured, but was unaware of both team budget and the length of the sponsor involvement.

“The news isn’t a complete surprise as there have been rumours here and there in the press. I knew that we were on the verge of signing and that there were just a few details. It’s great for the future,” Stephens said.

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:33 am
by seddo
Carlos Sastre has signed with Geox

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:46 am
by MichaelB
seddo wrote:Carlos Sastre has signed with Geox


Read also that Cervelo didn't even offer him a contract for 2011 :shock: That says something about their beleif in his value .....

Reports say that he signed with Geox really quick, maybe his only half decent offering .....

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:08 pm
by Mr Squiggle
Menchov signed with Goex also. Could be some interesting team dynamics there....

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:25 pm
by MichaelB
Mr Squiggle wrote:Menchov signed with Goex also. Could be some interesting team dynamics there....


sASTRE WOULKD MAKE A GOOD DOMESTIQUE ....

Bloody caps lock :twisted:

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:37 pm
by Richard.L
According to Cycling news (via Twitter) D.Cunego has signed with Lampre-ISD for 2 years

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:49 am
by bella26
Article from Cyclingnews.com http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/hushovd-and-haussler-to-ride-with-garmin-transitions-in-2011
This sounds worrying for Cervelo...I wonder if they are planning on winding up their team for 2011...

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 12:28 pm
by MichaelB
bella26 wrote:Article from Cyclingnews.com http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/hushovd-and-haussler-to-ride-with-garmin-transitions-in-2011
This sounds worrying for Cervelo...I wonder if they are planning on winding up their team for 2011...


Interesting, as there has been nothing announced re new signings .....

I though Haussler had a longer term deal with CTT ?

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:44 am
by HAKS
From the sounds of things CTT riders where told via email yesterday to start looking for a new ride. Gee they lasted long......

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:52 am
by bella26

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:04 am
by MichaelB


Hmm, now with CTT and Milram definitely folding, that's two teams worth of talent that has to go somewhere ......

Be interesting to see what happens, as it's been left pretty late ...

Maybe BMC could pick up a few names...

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:12 am
by Richard.L
If Garmin picks up the big names of Cervelo they would have too many leaders? and one big gap in their budget?(for any team)

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:13 am
by MichaelB
Richard.L wrote:If Garmin picks up the big names of Cervelo they would have too many leaders? and one big gap in their budget?(for any team)


Remember how much they got when they sold of Wiggo 8)

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:25 am
by brentono
NUsport added that four riders – Thor Hushovd, Heinrich Haussler,
Andreas Kilier and Britain’s Roger Hammond, are expected to move across to Garmin-Transitions next season.

The decision to end the Cervélo TestTeam male squad helps explain why the team,
which currently races under a Professional Continental licence,
didn’t figure on the recently published list of teams that have applied for ProTour status next year,
as well as why Carlos Sastre was not offered a renewal of his contract.

http://road.cc/content/news/21726-cerv%C3%A9lo-testteam-reportedly-folding-end-season
Cheers,
BrentonO

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:51 pm
by one_damo
Potentially Garmin-Cervelo next season, if Garmin will change to Cervelo bikes and are signing current CTT riders.

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:53 pm
by one_damo

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 2:17 pm
by brentono
Garmin-Cervelo Rumours. :wink:
Directeur Sportif said "... It was now a question of how the team’s demise would be managed,
saying he expected it to cease totally, but at the moment could not add anything meaningful :?

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:12 pm
by Richard.L
hmm i should of read the rest of the article before posting this morning (was a bit short of time)

Re: Protour teams under threat for 2011

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:20 pm
by bella26
I wonder whether Cervelo may be the bike sponser for the new team schleck?