Re-sign Uran and rely on Higuita's consistency + Bettiol in classics, I guess. That's still not the worst we've seen in WT. And then survive above all.
Lobbying now for Sagan to EF. He could bring some Specialized power to the team, help the Classics profile and help promote the gravel sector for sponsors. He'd probably love being on a US team and not following climbers around 2 GTs a year. Just a Westcoaster's dream, since he hangs out here to train sometimes.Re-sign Uran and rely on Higuita's consistency + Bettiol in classics, I guess. That's still not the worst we've seen in WT. And then survive above all.
It appears that they can't be too picky for financial reasons, which is really awful, as for 2020 they've already had a rather tiny budget apparently:
(article in Polish but the table should be understandable ) so there's not really anything to go down from if they want to retain a healthy level of performance.„Het Nieuwsblad” opublikował zestawienie budżetów zespołów startujących w Tour de France, na podstawie danych zebranych przez firmę „Sporttune”.rowery.org
Tell what you want about Vaughters but his team has often overperformed its budget and FFS I would love to see the team having a stable mid-level WT budget for once so that they can finally have a few years without big compromises regarding salary budget, performance budget etc. Not for 2021, it seems.
How much of that was Specialized money, does anyone know? Having him land in the US market with little to nothing going on may attract some dough. He's also a little down the road from that salary range these days.I think around 2017 Sagan alone was earning around the same money as the entire 30-men squad of Vaughters' team. Could still be the same story today. The team would basically need to almost double the budget to make it happen.
True and thanks for that update. Let's hope there will be a season and events next year or the issue of rider employment will be shared by everyone.Sagan is under contract to Bora for 2021, so if/when he does move to a different team, the global pandemic business should all be settling down.
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