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Or the budget went haywire and they were able to sign all those Basque riders who are very obviously off-limits for them now, like Landa, Aranburu, Bilbao, Lazkano, Castroviejo, the Izagirres and Fraile.

That would be the dream. Then the MMR Academy should be made an official feeder team, Nieve and Oroz could join as DSs, and Txurruka could become the team's mascot and drive around in Igor Antón's Citroën 2CV.
 
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Pozzovivo is still without contract. He says that he wants to race a last Giro to reach Wladimiro Panizza record of Giro partecipations (18).

There were rumors in November with Corratec then nothing.

Maybe a lot depends on when wild card will be anounced

BTW: when wild card will be announced ?
 
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Pozzovivo is still without contract. He says that he wants to race a last Giro to reach Wladimiro Panizza record of Giro partecipations (18).

There were rumors in November with Corratec then nothing.

Maybe a lot depends on when wild card will be anounced

BTW: when wild card will be announced ?
He will be racing with Corratec as long as they get a wildcard. It is the only hold up.
 
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Now that the Visma-Soudal merger is off the table, there’s talk for the rest of the year about Remco and Wout joining RedBull asap… Both however have contracts still, so probably the next „Cian situation“. Strange.

Of course I‘d like Rog, Wout and Remco in one team, but hopefully only when Wout and Remco are free to change teams. Everything else would be some kind of farce, imho.
 
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Yea, but the sport needs Thibaut Pinots more than it needs Richard Plugges.
Not so sure about that.

Pinot most of the time didn’t seem very likeable to me (exception: when he cried at the Tour of the Alps).

And I still feel a bit betrayed by him: he always pretended he was going to win the Tour for certain, but never won it. Everyone was certain of a happy end (TdF victory), but that never happened. And as he realized others are stronger than him, he switched to the „entertainment mode“, to remain relevant.

I like Bardet more than Pinot. Bardet is pure class, and a hard, silent worker. And maybe the better racer than Pinot was.
 
Not so sure about that.

Pinot most of the time didn’t seem very likeable to me (exception: when he cried at the Tour of the Alps).

And I still feel a bit betrayed by him: he always pretended he was going to win the Tour for certain, but never won it. Everyone was certain of a happy end (TdF victory), but that never happened. And as he realized others are stronger than him, he switched to the „entertainment mode“, to remain relevant.

I like Bardet more than Pinot. Bardet is pure class, and a hard, silent worker. And maybe the better racer than Pinot was.
I wasn't comparing Pinot to Bardet, though. I was comparing him to Plugge and his vision of the sport.

The entertainment business can be entertainment without being business, but it can't be business without being entertainment.
 
And I still feel a bit betrayed by him: he always pretended he was going to win the Tour for certain, but never won it. Everyone was certain of a happy end (TdF victory), but that never happened. And as he realized others are stronger than him, he switched to the „entertainment mode“, to remain relevant.
Maybe in the next 2 years we could say the same about roglic
 
Now that the Visma-Soudal merger is off the table, there’s talk for the rest of the year about Remco and Wout joining RedBull asap… Both however have contracts still, so probably the next „Cian situation“. Strange.

Of course I‘d like Rog, Wout and Remco in one team, but hopefully only when Wout and Remco are free to change teams. Everything else would be some kind of farce, imho.
There's still talk of Lefereve retiring at the end of 2024 so the circus of QS merging or whatever will start up all over again. Did not Roglic take WvA's cocah with him to Bora? So we need to wait and see.