Devolder is already in, according to himself.Christian said:So now it is revealed that Becca took a loan over €1.5 million from Bruyneel last year to cover riders' wages, but has never paid the money back. How much skechier can this guy be??!
Not to change the subject but rather bring up a seperate point of discussion. What do people think RSLT's Tour-team will be? I know the team will be mostly invisible but it is still a somewhat interesting question for me. Here is a short wrap-up:
Out: Fränk Schleck, Chris Horner, Yaroslav Popovych
Maybe out: Fabian Cancellara
In: Andy Schleck, Haimar Zubeldia, Maxime Monfort, Andreas Klöden, Tony Gallopin.
That leaves 3 or 4 slots to fill. If we take the Dauphiné and Suisse teams, the remaining candidates are:
Jens Voigt**** - besides being a machine is good for Andy's spirits, publicity, visibility and maybe even a breakaway win
Matty Bouché**** - token american on the team, but still well-deserved IMO with consistent performances over the last years
Laurent Didier*** - Andy's private bodyguard, raced with him all season except Tour de Suisse, but likely only because RSLT wants the Luxembourg champion in their home race. However if Andy shows bad form his chances go down
Markel Irizar*** - maybe requested by Zubeldia if the latter shows good form at the Dauphiné and becomes the undisputed leader, chances rising if Cancellara does not ride
Stijn Devolder** - maybe requested by Cancellara, or else called up so that the average age doesn't drop too much. Also has shown good form this year. But if Cancellara renounces, will follow the same schedule as the swiss powerhouse
Hayden Roulston** - has a chance if Cancellara renounces, recent Giro participation might work against him
Ben Hermans** - showed slight promise in last year's Giro and has performed well in smaller stage races this year
Ben King, Thomas Rohregger and Gregory Rast do not have a chance IMO.
"Eind juni hoop ik wel over de juiste conditie te beschikken. Dan staat immers de Tour de France op mijn programma. Ik heb mijn ticket al beet. Ik weet dit al sinds de Brabantse Pijl. Ik vind ook dat het nodig is om als renner voldoende op voorhand te weten of je al dan niet naar de Ronde van Frankrijk mee mag."