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Evans leaves Omega Pharma - Lotto

31 Oct 2009 20:55

It's on the team-site http://www.davitamon-lotto.be/

World champion Cadel Evans has decided to invoke the clause of the mutual agreement which provides him the possibility to ride the next seasons on behalf of another team. After five successful years, including two podium places in the Tour de France and the recent victory in Mendrisio, Cadel has decided to take advantage of his increased market value and to look for new challenges.


Well, all you Aussies here must be jumping with joy.

/edit: Now we can finally see Evans won't win a GT no matter what team he is on. :D
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31 Oct 2009 20:58

:eek::eek::eek:

Wow, sick http://www.davitamon-lotto.com/

Jeez, do contracts mean anything in the cycling world anymore?

BTW, isn't it a little pathetic that the Omega-Pharma-Lotto website page is still davitamon-lotto.com? Hasn't it been like 5 years since they were called that. Maybe they could hire dekker_trifosi as their webmaster, he surely couldn't do a worse job than that.
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31 Oct 2009 20:59

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31 Oct 2009 21:01

ak-zaaf wrote:It's on the team-site



Well, all you Aussies here must be jumping with joy.


So, what is the destination. Sky looks like the most likely destination but they need to sign a few more decent domestiques to be even as strong a Tour team as Lotto.
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31 Oct 2009 21:03

Katusha or Sky?
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31 Oct 2009 21:04

Wiggins to sky, Evans to Garmin? Seems logical.

Apparently his contract offered this possibility and I think Evans is totally right on this. Coucke had no faith anymore after the tour but was oh so glad to have the rainbow jersey in his team next year. Evans can cash in now and he's right in doing so.
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31 Oct 2009 21:04

issoisso wrote:Katusha or Sky?


Probably SKY
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31 Oct 2009 21:05

Good domestique job going at Astana, or a an ex-German slot at the Shack?
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31 Oct 2009 21:06

pmcg76 wrote:So, what is the destination. Sky looks like the most likely destination but they need to sign a few more decent domestiques to be even as strong a Tour team as Lotto.


Sky seems logical, they have a few Aussies. Wouldn't rule out Garmin either. Doubt he'd go for Katusha even though they have have a better GC team.

Sky have Lokvist, Carlstrom, Augustyn, Arvesen, Flecha, Pauwels and to a lesser extent (since they won't be pure domestiques) EBH and Gerrans. Pretty decent team I'd say.
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31 Oct 2009 21:07

oh god.. .well that answers the question of skys gt contender...

and its an obvious move, theres a fairly strong aussie contingent... but it does rather leave me with a dilemma... :confused:

Cadel has decided to take advantage of his increased market value and to look for new challenges.

does that mean, now hes world champion and has won ONE race he thinks he is deserving of more money and lotto told him to stuff it..
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31 Oct 2009 21:08

dimspace wrote:oh god.. .well that answers the question of skys gt contender...


But will SKY pay for his bodyguard? :D
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31 Oct 2009 21:12

Moondance wrote:Sky seems logical, they have a few Aussies. Wouldn't rule out Garmin either. Doubt he'd go for Katusha even though they have have a better GC team.

Sky have Lokvist, Carlstrom, Augustyn, Arvesen, Flecha, Pauwels and to a lesser extent (since they won't be pure domestiques) EBH and Gerrans. Pretty decent team I'd say.



All decent riders but who is going to be his support rider on the final climb of a big mountain stage. I am not so sure any of these guys will be there.
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31 Oct 2009 21:13

pmcg76 wrote:All decent riders but who is going to be his support rider on the final climb of a big mountain stage. I am not so sure any of these guys will be there.


Yep, and then it's gonna be "I don't have a team" all over again.
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31 Oct 2009 21:14

BTW, how sh!tty is Silence-Lotto now?

They have one guy who can win a big race (Gilbert) one overpaid guy who can finish, at best, 2nd in a handful of classics (Hoste), one guy with promise but next to no wins (van den Broeck), a couple of useful talents (Van Avermaet, Roelants, De Haes, Vanendert) and a bunch of old guys. This is one of the ricest teams out there and their roster now reeks of absolute cr@p.
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31 Oct 2009 21:15

ak-zaaf wrote:Yep, and then it's gonna be "I don't have a team" all over again.


On the other hand, it's the contract of his life.

Or, if he goes to Katusha, he has Kirchen and Rodríguez supporting, plus a mega contract (remember Oleg Tinkov left the team because he didn't want to pay over market price for riders while Tchmil, who stayed, was proponent that they should pay whatever it takes to get their guys)
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31 Oct 2009 21:16

pmcg76 wrote:All decent riders but who is going to be his support rider on the final climb of a big mountain stage. I am not so sure any of these guys will be there.


Ummmmm..... Lovkvist. Perhaps you have seen or heard of him. Pink in the Giro this year. Ridden a bunch of top results and is an all-alround good performer.
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31 Oct 2009 21:19

maybe "mr clean" cadel like the rest of us didnt think much of a team with Pharma in its name..
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Moondance wrote:Ummmmm..... Lovkvist. Perhaps you have seen or heard of him. Pink in the Giro this year. Ridden a bunch of top results and is an all-alround good performer.


and sky havnt finished signing people yet... wonder if wegalius has a get out clause, bearing in mind it was cadel who wanted him at lotto..
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31 Oct 2009 21:20

issoisso wrote:On the other hand, it's the contract of his life.

Or, if he goes to Katusha, he has Kirchen and Rodríguez supporting, plus a mega contract (remember Oleg Tinkov left the team because he didn't want to pay over market price for riders while Tchmil, who stayed, was proponent that they should pay whatever it takes to get their guys)


Might be a clash of ego's at Katusha. They prolly want to put a sprinter in there and Kirchen will want a free role. Rodriguez is the perfect domestique, but is he willing to wreck himself for Evans the way he did for Valverde? I highly doubt it.
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31 Oct 2009 21:20

dimspace wrote:maybe "mr clean" cadel like the rest of us didnt think much of a team with Pharma in its name..


The only people who call him "mr clean" are the same who years ago called Hamilton and Rebellin the same.

EDIT: Sorry, wrong forum :p
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