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Old 08-06-05, 09:51 AM   #1
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Mancebo signs with AG2R

http://www.velonews.com/race/int/articles/8662.0.html

Navas went with him.

This doesn't sound like a terribly wise move at the moment, but I'm sure AG2R are working hard to find him some more support teammates.
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Old 08-06-05, 10:12 AM   #2
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He was probably trying to avoid being stuck under Valverde's shadow.
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Good support for Moreau. Or is it the other way around?
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Dunno. Wasn't there speculation that Vino would go with AG2R? If so, maybe Moreau will provide good support for Vino....

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Dunno. Wasn't there speculation that Vino would go with AG2R? If so, maybe Moreau will provide good support for Vino....

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I totally forgot about Moreau and AG2R. Moreau would be a very good lieutenant for Mancebo, but as it's a french team, I'm not sure that's the way it'll work out as Laggard alluded to.
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Oh yes... forgot about that. I read about that the other day. Well, good luck to Moreau.

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thats a really interesting move. ag2r probbaly wont get an invite to the vuelta next year (unless they get become a protour team of course) so he wouldnt be able to ride in his home tour. but i bet the tour means a lot more to him, which is what probably prompted this move.
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thats a really interesting move. ag2r probbaly wont get an invite to the vuelta next year (unless they get become a protour team of course) so he wouldnt be able to ride in his home tour. but i bet the tour means a lot more to him, which is what probably prompted this move.
It really looks like they are gearing up to become a ProTour team. That would be very cool if they are successful in becoming one.
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It really looks like they are gearing up to become a ProTour team.
With Fassa Bortolo going away, AG2R seem to think that they have the inside track as a replacement. Probably right, given their TdF experience. And with Illes Ballears terminating their sponsorship after this year, I wonder if they will find a sufficient sponsor to keep them in the Pro Tour.

Then there are the negotiations between the Grand Tour organizers and the UCI Pro Tour which look to have effected a modified set of rules regarding promotion/demotion (provided that they are finalized) which would be healthier for everyone. It always did seem that a four year term, fixed in stone, was a bad idea.
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I thought Selle-Italia Columbia was on track to become a pro tour team... No??
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I thought Selle-Italia Columbia was on track to become a pro tour team... No??
The Pro Tour rules have no provision for replacing a team prior to the original four year commitment, and no promotion/relegation scheme either - that is in part what more reasonable people in the sport have been railing against since the beginning. That includes the three GT organizers. And the UCI has not been known for its transparency either over the years.

Therefore, the idea of being on track to become a pro tour team can only be pure speculation. However, AG2R have made it known for some time that they want a spot on the Pro Tour. And with at least one team going away, it seems likely that the UCI will have to do something about filling that spot. With whom? Anybody's guess at this point I should think.

All of which begs the question: given that teams signed up for four years according to the rules, and paid a healthy sum to do so (or at least made guarantees), how will the UCI look upon this "breach" of their sanctity?
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With Illes Ballears pulling out after this year the team may not be able to keep Valverde. I would not be too surprised to see him in a Discovery kit next year.
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With Illes Ballears pulling out after this year
Is that fact? I thought that they were negotiating with Caisse d'Epargne to become their primary sponsor so that they could continue.
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