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Gloin22 said:Much less, don't know the exact figures now but now GE will have much more money than Sky in the cycling. Will try to get them from dave. But Sky placed around 4/5th in the peleton in terms of budget this year.
Jersey looks a bit mehhhh again.
With the new sponsor and several riders very close to retirement (McEwen, O'Grady, Cooke, Tuft etc) they may have the budget to buy a gc rider and reasonable domestique or two maybe as soon as 2013. Add the young talent coming through and it could be a reasonable stage race squad by 2014.blaxland said:Please,please,please sign Jacob Fuglsang the perfect fit for Team Greenedge"
42x16ss said:With the new sponsor and several riders very close to retirement (McEwen, O'Grady, Cooke, Tuft etc) they may have the budget to buy a gc rider and reasonable domestique or two maybe as soon as 2013. Add the young talent coming through and it could be a reasonable stage race squad by 2014.
They just need to convince them to change squad.
karlboss said:Depends on what is meant by stage race squad. Even at the moment they should be able to contend for stage victories in every stage race, even GC if it's flat, Qatar, TDU, etc so I guess GC in stage races that involve a climb and a TT, GTs?.
The list of true GT GC contenders is really short. Not too many more than 10. These are the same names we'll see in the more prestigous one week races too, though we can probably add another 10-20 names. None of these guys come cheap, not only that, they'll need support, which also doesn't come cheap. On top of this every time you shoot for GC you reduce your chances at stages and vice versa. Your number one rider would also now be foreign. Is it really worth it?
If this sponsorship means they have the ability to sign stronger riders, I'd prefer to see, the classics and stage hunters bolstered than attempt to turn to GC and only change in that approach if/when some of the younger guys start to show some promise.
Wilba60 said:Interested to see the interview on Cycling Central with Simon Clarke, as well as a post Liege interview with Simon Gerrans. http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/video/2228566378/Cycling-Central-April-29
Gerrans is resting and looking to rebuild form into the Dauphine and then TdF. Clarke also says he is doing Tour of Norway, then Dauphine. Wonder if he will make the TdF team.
He also confirms that Cam Meyer will be looking at having a crack at the Tour of California GC, along with McEwan (last professional race) and Howard for the sprints. Will be interesting to see how he fares.
blaxland said:Please,please,please sign Jacob Fuglsang the perfect fit for Team Greenedge"
The_Z_man said:is it just me, or does it look like GE is wearing their old kit for the Giro presentation.
simo1733 said:Fugl is going to Saxobank.
blaxland said:Thats good news for Bjarne and saxo they need a GC guy and a danish stage racer in Jacob fits the position perfectly....Would love to see Ritchie Porte at Greenedge but something tells me he will stay with sky.As far as Meyer is concerned i dont think he will become anything special for stage races.Good timetrialler and ok in the small hills but not big Hors Catergory mountains..Its something Greenedge need to get(a grand tour candidate)otherwise the uneducated australian public will loose interest in this team quickly.Cause in Aussie land most of the public only no one race the Tour De France'