fauniera wrote:Wouldn't be surprised if that had something to do with the departure of Paolo Slongo and the superscientific approach of new coach Sebastian Weber.
Not sure about the Pro-Conti thing, though. If Sagan leaves, that frees up a big chunk of their budget and they can buy riders and points. Bouhanni would be an obvious pick, for instance.
imo the problem exists for some time, not for Slongo nor Weber. Moser is lost for more than 1 year. But maybe it really worsen the problem: traditional Italian cycling culture could't coordinate with modern training method? I'm not sure.
In other part, the team could not give more free space for the team members. The team has to spent so much time in US or Asian doing some business work (which is part of reason Nibali left as he didn't want to use ToC as warm up for tdf or skip giro). The whole team spends extra time doing something they don't need. And I was surprised for many times they didn't attend those small Italian .1, .HC races, which should be good for these young riders to get confidence. They lack of money so they have to do so??