Bruno Pires and Anders Lund when Leopard didn't want them anymore in the second year of their contracts when Bruyneel came in. Both are good cyclists and both got new deals with Saxo after that year. Timmy Duggan when Spidertech didn't happen as they wanted it to. Jonathan Cantwell paid with his own savings. And he was in the Tour de France! Takashi Miyazawa definitely by some material sponsor but he was an okay rider unlike Cantwell. Ran Margaliot by some Israelian resort and I don't think he finished any races.Le Baroudeur said:Hard to check because all the years of team and cycling info gathered by fans on the forum disappeared with the Tinkoff takeover, but iirc the sponsor was rumoured to be the Strauss Group/Raya Strauss? Part of an initiative to promote cycling and cycle sport in Isreal. They funded the training camp too.
I'll let you guess the other pay to ride riders on the team.