royalpig180 wrote:Ok now look. There is clearly a very strong anti-Johan, anti-LA, anti-RS bias in this forum.
That said, this latest move for a possible merger clearly involves throwing many individuals under the bus, if you will. The facts are that two teams with upwards of 35-40 riders contracted for next year are looking to combine to form one team for next year with an absolute maximum of 30 riders. That means that at least 5-10 riders will be without a team. This is late in the season to be looking for a contract, given that much of contract negotiations occur during the TdF or in early August.
And that's just the riders. This one new team won't have a need for the support staff of the two existing teams. Half of this cumulative staff will have to be let go, again late in the season.
Sure, some riders and staff will have no problem finding work for next year (though they'll have options that are more limited than had this happened a month ago), but some riders may not be able to find a team for next year. People will be screwed over. Does Johan care? Well we're not Johan so it's not for any of us to say, but he sure isn't helping is he?
Would you suggest that he instead not act in the best interest of his sponsors?