Well i am not sure of how much riders are paid but i think my selection will come in under budget.
After hearing about how the japs are loving the two japanese fellows in the tour, my team has decided to base itself in italy but with strong ties to the japanese and asian market. A big part of this team would be to bring on young fellows from italy and japan/asia. This team will be sponsored by Hello kitty and wear a fetching pink shirt and this seasons must have brown shorts :S.. Main objectives will be the giro,other italian races and the bigger races in asia. We shall not partake in the tour de france in protest of its boring route instead focusing on the tour of qinghai lake. The anti doping programme will consist of a code of honour, anyone caught doping is expected to commit hari kiri.
the main fellows of this team would be
Pellizotti, Garzelli, Haussler, Joaquin Rodriguez, Ignatiev(he´ll get us on the gogglebox), Kolobnev, bosisio ,Leo Bertagnolli, Wegelius and of course the only two japs I know Beppu and Arashiro.
other fellows I would like for team mates would be Brice Feillu, Egoi Martinez, french man Roy from fdj, Quinziato, Hutarovich and Ben Swift.
I think it is not so bad for a not so huge budget, I have faith in pellizotti, and I think Garzelli is good for another year and then he can become a coach or something. Maybe there is too many big names though. I think it is a well balanced team, some good climbers and some team mates who have a history of getting in breakaways. Hutarovich I think might have a bit of potential for the future and swift looked good in the giro, although i think I lack a future gc contender, so if i could afford it i would take Van den broeck or seeldrayers, maybe they have a chance later in life... The rest of the squad I would make up of young italians and japanese fellows.
My plan to combat the langauge barrier is to remove the race radios in the traditional sense, and use these devices to translate all words spoken by the riders into dubbed english martial arts film style. Although they´d all have to understand english, so they could probably all speak english.....
If this is above budget then my plan would be to sack half the squad and make myself the highest paid rider on the squad and do a runner before preseason training, with all the sponsorship money.
I am waiting till my clothes are finished in the dryer :S