Thursday, May 25, 2006

Will Work For Food

Man with a country, but without a team

The detentions and arrests of several members of Liberty Seguros-Wurth cycling staff/administration has forced the main sponsor, Liberty Seguros, to invoke an out clause (a zero tolerance clause placed in the contract after the 2005 Roberto Heras EPO ban) and pull their support effective immediately. Given that their support was roughly 80% (or 8.5 million dollars annually) of the team's total budget then its unlikely that they will be able to continue racing this year. What's that mean for the riders? Essentially, it could mean that if they want to keep racing, they will have to find a new home which can't be a good thing for a Tour contender like Alexandre Vinokourov.

Ring, ring...could that be Johan calling?

3 comments:

53rd Tooth said...

You sure that's not $8.5M granny? Seems liked a bloated budget to me otherwise!

Granny's 30 said...

yeah, I might errored in typing...otherwise free Escalades and gas for everyone.

Tour of '03 said...

Hey, maybe the Crankset can start a team and put up Vino!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Will Work For Food

Man with a country, but without a team

The detentions and arrests of several members of Liberty Seguros-Wurth cycling staff/administration has forced the main sponsor, Liberty Seguros, to invoke an out clause (a zero tolerance clause placed in the contract after the 2005 Roberto Heras EPO ban) and pull their support effective immediately. Given that their support was roughly 80% (or 8.5 million dollars annually) of the team's total budget then its unlikely that they will be able to continue racing this year. What's that mean for the riders? Essentially, it could mean that if they want to keep racing, they will have to find a new home which can't be a good thing for a Tour contender like Alexandre Vinokourov.

Ring, ring...could that be Johan calling?

3 comments:

53rd Tooth said...

You sure that's not $8.5M granny? Seems liked a bloated budget to me otherwise!

Granny's 30 said...

yeah, I might errored in typing...otherwise free Escalades and gas for everyone.

Tour of '03 said...

Hey, maybe the Crankset can start a team and put up Vino!