Their budget isn't a high it's very much inline with the majority of teams. Theirs is just over the average for all teams. That actually makes what they've done even more impressive.It’s certainly impressive, but it still hangs over them that for one of the perennial highest budgets in the sport, and one of the biggest teams, they’re still coming up just short in the individual GC in the biggest race on the calendar, just like every year since Perreiro slipped into a 30-minute breakaway in 2006.
8 top 10s, if anything, just reinforces the idea that they are a collection of individuals, who lack a single team focus.
Ineos, by contrast, have won basically nothing of consequence. Except for one race in July.
Kit brand Endura have opted to end their sponsorship of Movistar because of the “developmental dead end being enforced by the UCI.”www.cyclingweekly.com
Endura have a point, the UCI is backwards when it comes to innovation
He even has a (very well-named) thread!!I'm going to post this here as it seems the best place to post it. This is an article about Matteo Jorgenson's journey from Idaho to Europe to a contract with Movistar.
To further his pro career, Matteo Jorgenson emailed dozens of teams, cultivated a network, and even learned French. His work may have created a new route for Americans to reach the WorldTour.www.velonews.com
He may have the longest title for a thread. LOL. Thank you. I'll post the article there as well. I either forgot or didn't realize he had his own thread already.
Yeah, never a dull moment. Movistar always has a ton of talent on the roster and some exciting riders, so they are worth the attention. Good or bad attention (politics, politics, how will they screw it up this time?), I agree with Leinster that GT results are underwhelming. On the good side, again, Movistar attracts most of the best Spanish riders and the next gem may very well sign up. Great sponsor. So their future is bright. Not too many teams have that peace of mind, knowing that they will always be relevant.It is an interesting.
For the growth of the team, is he an asset or a liability tho'? As good as he is, I sometimes feel that he prevents the team from having a clear and hopefully winning strategy.Tonton, and don't forget that for at least the next 2 years they still have Valverde as their safety net.
The fact he's such a prolific winner, I'd go with asset. For the next two years he's basically going to be Mas and Soler's safety net. He like teaching/coaching if the younger riders want to learn. I think the issues in the Grand Tours (which I think is what you're referring to) is that I'm not sure he's been confident in either Landa or Quintana to win the Tour and he won't give up his beloved Vuelta, which with his podium this year, you can't blame him.For the growth of the team, is he an asset or a liability tho'? As good as he is, I sometimes feel that he prevents the team from having a clear and hopefully winning strategy.
No, 2 weeks is typical, it has always been 2 weeks (since the Vuelta was moved to the late summer, that is, and except for the Doha one).2018 Vuelta ended Sept 16th and the Worlds was the 30th, so that was 2 weeks. So it seems that 2-3 weeks between Vuelta and Worlds is typical.
I wonder if what they are looking at with Tour/Olympics is Valverde many times has done Tour/San Sebastian which is the following week, so looking at just timing it's not an issue, the issue is going to be travel.
For a long time I believed that Valverde must have something on Père Unzué, be bribing him into letting him race on, but lately I've been wondering if everyone ever touched by Movistar has been suffering some kind of Stockhausen syndrome, a spell now partly broken by Carapaz and Landa and Quintana pulling off their great escape. Whatever control Unzué once had over the stars of tomorrow, is this just a momentary lapse or can we expect Mas to break free before Unzué breaks him?In an interview with Spanish sports daily AS, when asked about Movistar, Indurain pointed out that "there have been a lot of departures."
"I’m puzzled by this abrupt change of direction as it’s a team that normally maintains a very stable structure of riders," Spain’s greatest ever bike rider said.
"Nairo Quintana has gone, and Richard Carapaz, who won the Giro d'Italia," Indurain pointed out. "It’s a strategy Movistar didn’t follow in other years."
Does Forrest Gump have reason to be puzzled by Movistar's leadership changes or is puzzlement the normal state of affairs chez Indurain?For a long time I believed that Valverde must have something on Père Unzué, be bribing him into letting him race on, but lately I've been wondering if everyone ever touched by Movistar has been suffering some kind of Stockhausen syndrome, a spell now partly broken by Carapaz and Landa and Quintana pulling off their great escape. Whatever control Unzué once had over the stars of tomorrow, is this just a momentary lapse or can we expect Mas to break free before Unzué breaks him?
I'd guess Soler will have a chance to lead the Giro and Mas will lead the Tour. Valverde will get his beloved Vuelta.Really feel sorry for some of the younger guys (Mas, Soler) trying to lead a GT in this team. At least they can have a go at the Giro next year, unless...……..
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