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Surprised Sky hadn't done this a few years back. Money wise it should be easy for them and it's good publicity and great for image. I imagine Deignan will be integral in any plan for them
They could have done it from inception, with Skyter Shipping withdrawing and killing Nürnberger, They'd have had a British leader as well. But they weren't interested, because British Cycling never got on with Nicole Cooke. They weren't interested in the women, despite all their PR bluster to the contrary, but then suddenly they were making noises about setting up a team when Lizzie went into dominant mode in 2015-16. Then they went quiet again (funny that), notwithstanding that Lizzie was happy enough at Boels at the time and had little interest in joining a start-up at that point. After her baby break obviously the situation changed, she probably didn't have the same position of strength within Boels afterward, seeing as obviously nobody knew her level after a year out and with Boels having such strength in depth - plus it was perhaps the lure of a new challenge which she hadn't wanted in 2016 because after her 2015 season, why would she ever want things to change?
 
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They could have done it from inception, with Skyter Shipping withdrawing and killing Nürnberger, They'd have had a British leader as well. But they weren't interested, because British Cycling never got on with Nicole Cooke. They weren't interested in the women, despite all their PR bluster to the contrary, but then suddenly they were making noises about setting up a team when Lizzie went into dominant mode in 2015-16. Then they went quiet again (funny that), notwithstanding that Lizzie was happy enough at Boels at the time and had little interest in joining a start-up at that point. After her baby break obviously the situation changed, she probably didn't have the same position of strength within Boels afterward, seeing as obviously nobody knew her level after a year out and with Boels having such strength in depth - plus it was perhaps the lure of a new challenge which she hadn't wanted in 2016 because after her 2015 season, why would she ever want things to change?
Can't remember who it was but I read an interview with a woman who proposed a continental based women's cycling team liked to the British Cycling Olympic program. The suits agreed but changed her idea into a men's team and Sky was born.
No way to know if true but interesting all the same
 
I think Guerreiro is a very good signing for EF. He is actually quite consistent rider if you look at his results- and versatile. He should make for a very good domestique. I think EF has got it right in this transfer window.
 
Just decided to make a break-down of the future fates of the Virtu-ladies:

Katrine Aalerud: Movistar (2021)
Marta Bastianelli: Alé Cipollini (2020)
Sofia Bertizzolo: Movistar (2021)
Barbara Guarischi: Movistar (2021)
Anouska Koster: Parkhotel Valkenburg (2020)
Mieke Kröger: Hitec (2020)
Birgitte Krogsgaard: Unknown
Emilie Moberg: Unknown
Rachel Neylan: Casa Dorada (2020)
Louise Norman Hansen: Illy Bikes
Katarzyna Pawlowska: Unknown
Sara Penton: Unknown
Trine Schmidt: Illy Bikes (interestingly according to WCS, she joined them this year…)
Christina Siggaard: Lotto-Soudal (2020)
 
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