Jamsque said:I think getting out of that team would probably be good for Tom Boonen. He needs some new challenges, and someone who will make an effort to keep him off the nose candy.
I think Caisse or Santander make much more sense for Contador, though.
Vonn Brinkman said:Where would Boonen go though??? I don't see him leaving his beloved Quickstep. And indeed, Contador will not go to Quickstep. He would much rather go to Caisse, who have a very strong GC team with many domestiques that can climb very well. What's the deal with Santander? Is that happening? Or will Caisse not find a new sponsor and will the whole team move to Santander?
auscyclefan94 said:you couldn't have all those big guns on one team. they would move away as some would not get the opportunities they deserve!
nowhereman said:I don't know, but it seems to me that I heard quite some time ago that Caisse D'epargne is withdrawing it's sponsorship from bicycle racing. So why are we batting that team around as a potential home for Alberto?
Oh, and as for "Gargantuan" teams, chock full of superstars. It doesn't work as well as it so temptingly looks. HTC-Columbia is a good example of just that. Boasson Hagen left because there really was no place for him to blossom in that team, just as Greipel will be leaving after this season because there is really no room on that team for him and Cav at the TdF. Though HTC is still a VERY good team, I think their curve shows us that you've got to be a bit more strategic when assembling a team, if you want it to stay together for the long haul.
cobblehead said:not a bad idea, belgium would benefit from having one really big team in which all the belgian big guns can have their place and the team being supplied by 2 procontinental feederteams...
but seeing as how a similar attempt in the past allready failed, I don't see it happening any time soon...
It's a nice dream however, imagine boonen, gilbert, vandenbroeck, roelandts, van avermaet, hulsmans, weylandt, wynants, seeldrayers, bakelandts, devenys,... all in the same team, would be a very nice team, all they would need to be a really big team would be a GC-contender...
Buffalo Soldier said:I can follow his thoughts.
Cycling is getting bigger, more international and most important: more and more money is involved.
Belgium is getting too small for 2 Pro-Tour teams.
1 big team and a few smaller might be better (cf. Netherlands: Rabobank + Skill/Vacansoleil/...)
Lotto-Quickstep. Why not?
LukeSchmid said:And he wants Contador and 4 or 5 climbers on his team as well. This fellow seems to be getting a little greedy.
isayic said:I have my doubts that Contador wants to begin from the scratch every season. Barring desaster I think he will stay with Astana.
And a team like Quickstep has no experience how to support a GT contender.
It's not done with signing one and some climbers.