I like an idea to get Michele Scarponi for next Giro and other Italian races. I like him since Liberty time
Scarponi is a great choice. Pound for pound (money wise) he is one of the best buys you can get
He was the 2nd best at the giro, and was very unlucky to finish 4th - 2 minutes lost to nibali in the ttt and the 12 minutes he lost to arroyo in the laquilla break. People said cuddles suffered from a bad team, but scarponi beat cuddles, despite having an even worse team.
In fact the only time he was dropped in the mountains was the zoncolan, and there he gained back a lot of the time lost in the last km.
he won tirreno last year and lost it on a technicality this year ( he had same time as garzeli, but lost on placings - he also lost time by celebrating instead of pushing it on the stage he won), and to his credit, appeared very gracious in defeat - smiling and calling garzeli a great.
He has a doping past, but, what italian doesnt ???
Give this guy a decent team and he will get you results. Dont know how he would do in the vuelta, but scarponi should cost about as much as a domestique and he should take it since it will get him results he wont get with, i forget is it aqua sapone?
With the money they save they can get another team leader guy for the vuelta/ tour or classics, and mix them around. - kreuziger/ j rodriguez/ some colombian, already have vino