It was a big mistake for the Schlecks to leave Riis, but simply put, Bruyneel knows how to win.
Even with his much derided "team-geezer" he still won the three bigggest races in the US and the 4th (?) biggest stage race in Europe, plus a few other nice wins.
This merger would be good for the Schlecks, but they won't put up with getting their asses kicked around, so I think it will fail if it does happen..
As for the TdF, if Wiggins had not been riding like a Cat 5 racer and dropped his waterbottle into his front wheel, Horner, Kloden and Leipheimer would probably all have been in the top 10.
Last edited by joe1265; 08-30-11 at 13:50.