As a fan of AC I must admit that this whole fiasco has taken way too long to resolve. But if we dare look at the surrounding circumstances, at this point maybe he SHOULD stick with Astana for the last year of his contract. Especially if he gets what it seems he wants. After seeking to have a stringent doping protocol put into effect in the team, He wants the right to dissolve his contract with the team, should ONE doping infraction occur, during the year.(This should satisfy a lot of suspicious people out there)
And supposedly, he wants it in writing that Vino will only be able to ride the Giro and NOT the TdF! Man, if he gets that done, he's shown JB some real stuff!
But all that aside, let's also look at the possibilities of him moving. Wiggo is still at Garmin, and looks like he's not going to Sky, so there might be problems with a move to that team, although I originally loved that possibility.Then there's the move to Caisse D'Epargne. Despite Valverde stating that he has no problem riding with AC, there could be problems all over again, with those two prominent riders on the one team.(And too bad too, because they have put a pretty serious team together for next year) And BTW, is this Valv case EVER going to get resolved????
Which brings me to the final consideration. All of this devolved so late in the season, that it severely compromised AC's position, in almost every way
possible. Almost all moves have transpired and teams have solidified their squads, so a lot less opportunities are available, than otherwise might have been possible. (Could JB have had that in mind when he left his final departure maneuvers so late in the season?)
But then a move next year would allow him to start plans for relocation much earlier, and allow all the salivating teams to get their best plans together, and put out their best offers. I know next year is a big one, because I'm sure he wants to shut LA down, for good. But he is young and still has a whole career ahead of him. Personally, I wish he'd have taken a more aggressive position with Astana, and left the team once the UCI told him that the contract was voided. But he is a bike racer, not a lawyer, and in this case, it seems that things are just going to drag on dismally, like almost everything else does, in this sport.