This one deserves a new thread.
josekaubeda said:Oh, I hope so, but we already have Euskaltel and Caisse d'Epargne
rolfrae said:Euskaltel isn't strictly Spanish, it's Basque and only hires riders with a Basque connection (correct me if I'm wrong). There are of course other Pro Continental Spanish teams. I guess what Contador wants is a Pro Tour level Spanish team with Pro Tour level (mainly Spanish) riders and him as the leader. Are there enough Spaniards at this level to fill another team?
Hammerhed said:For what its worth, Caisse D'Epargne is a French Bank though the team is registered in Spain. I wonder how the rest of the world would take it if an American or Australian group would say, "We're going to have a team that excludes all those of any nationality except native-born Americans (or Australians)"? That bunch would be accused of all manner of rascist, jingoist, and nativist prejudice. Don't misunderstand, I could care less about the Euskadi practice, and I feel they have the right to do whatever they want to do with their cycling team. By the way, by my calculations, they have one win all year, so the policy is not working very well. Ironically, one of their best riders is a hated Spaniard, not a "pursang" Basque, Sammy Sanchez. In fact, none of the "exclusive" teams, those which limit membership by nationality (such as the French to a large degree) seem to do very well. Apparently, cycling is an international sport.