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Old 07-28-10, 07:20 AM   #1
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Contador to Leave Astana

Just saw this on the Eurosport website a few minutes ago:

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/280720...ve-astana.html
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Old 07-28-10, 08:10 AM   #2
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Big money talking, there. He was a free agent going in to the TdF - with his contract up for renewal. Had he taken no prize, he could have re-upped for another year with Astana. Since he took it all, he's exercising his right to go elsewhere.
Im thinking he's being lured by one of the home teams.

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From the article, the more accurate headline is - Contador doesn't renew contract with Astana.

So where do people think he's going?

Sunguard (Saxo)?
Caisse D'Epargne?
Euskatel?
BMC?
Cervelo?
Team Radio Shack?
New Spanish Team?
Back to Astana?

I very much doubt he'll go with Euskatel (he's from the Madrid area - not a Basque), or Team Radioactive Shack (due to the uncertainties from the investigation).
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So where do people think he's going?

**Sunguard (Saxo)?**
It's practically a done deal. "Solo falta la firma".
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From the article, the more accurate headline is - Contador doesn't renew contract with Astana.
True.

I could see him going to Saxo/Sunguard now that the Schlecks are leaving that team. Like USAZorro, I can't see him going to either Radio Shack or Euskatel.
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If Saxo swaps out AS AND FS for AC you can bank on next years TDF going to AC.
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Sunguard is my guess.
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It's practically a done deal. "Solo falta la firma".
Wouldn't that depend on the certainty of the Schlecks leaving? I can't imagine they'd just leave unless they had a sure place to go to. Perhaps they do, but I've not heard any official announcement.
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If Saxo swaps out AS AND FS for AC you can bank on next years TDF going to AC.
This should be an interesting shuffle. There could be an outflow of Saxo/Sunguard riders to the new Lux team but an inflow of some of the riders from Astana that protected AC this year (Novarro and Rodriguez come to mind).
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This should be an interesting shuffle. There could be an outflow of Saxo/Sunguard riders to the new Lux team but an inflow of some of the riders from Astana that protected AC this year (Novarro and Rodriguez come to mind).
Not to mention a possible retirement or two from the current Saxo squad.

It would seem to me that Liquigas and HTC/Columbia are going to have a hard time retaining all their younger talent. Some of them are going to go elsewhere. Perhaps BMC will pick up someone.
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He's going to the new team with Andy and Frank Schleck.......


Ok probably not lol.
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I think I should have a say in this considering i'm an employee of Sungard. I'll put a call into the CEO and see what I can do
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Saxo would be the most likely option, yeah, with Riis as the DS. No way he goes back to teaming up with Bruyneel.
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Wouldn't that depend on the certainty of the Schlecks leaving? I can't imagine they'd just leave unless they had a sure place to go to. Perhaps they do, but I've not heard any official announcement.
Gazetta reported the Riis-Conta deal.
AS.com says the Sclecks are outtathere, lists a couple of other posibilities;

En cualquier caso, al madrileño no le faltará dónde elegir, ya que también tiene ofertas del Abarca Sports de Eusebio Unzúe y del Quick Step belga. Además, el Footon Servetton también se ha interesado por el ciclista español.
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I think I should have a say in this considering i'm an employee of Sungard. I'll put a call into the CEO and see what I can do
Maybe you can get free merchandising crap of the new team or so, or at least will be allowed to watch Tour de France during work hours.
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Not sure if I was allowed or not, but I did watch the Tour during work hours ;-) And we do get a sponsor's discount on team gear now, it's much much of a discount but it's something.
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. . . at least will be allowed to watch Tour de France during work hours.
yah like that worked for me when CSC was still in the game.
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I would say he might surprise us all and go with Columbia or even Garmin, why not? They would LOVE to start winning grand tours, and they arent going to do it with the monkeys they have. I see Garmin needing to make a huge change, and they have the ambition to be one of the best. Sure they have the whole American/Canadian rider crap going, but at the end of the day, tasting a GC victory is a far more sensational attraction. But then again, the sponsors Im sure want it to be an "English" kinda person (read white, from America or Canada). Columbia would be a little more open to someone like AC, but it would be tough to negotiate half the team for Cavi, and the other half for AC... so I donno. But what I do know is that both these teams are itching, and itching bad for a GC placement.
The only problem is that right now they are a classics/stage team, not a GC team, and thats why it might be a possibility.
I dont see him on a French team, so that rules out a bunch.
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From the article, the more accurate headline is - Contador doesn't renew contract with Astana.

So where do people think he's going?

Sunguard (Saxo)?
Caisse D'Epargne?
Euskatel?
BMC?
Cervelo?
Team Radio Shack?
New Spanish Team?
Back to Astana?

I very much doubt he'll go with Euskatel (he's from the Madrid area - not a Basque), or Team Radioactive Shack (due to the uncertainties from the investigation).
Caisse D'Epargne maybe, but like BMC, Cervelo, and Euskatel they probably can't afford him. My bet is on Saxo/Sunguard, or maybe the deep pockets of Sky will win him over.

There is no possible way he'd go to Radio Shack, that'd be like moving back in with the psycho ex-wife after a messy divorce.
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There is no possible way he'd go to Radio Shack, that'd be like moving back in with the psycho ex-wife after a messy divorce.
Plus the uncertainty of the Radio Shack team with what they having going on.
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My guess is a new Spanish team built around him and managed by MS.
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where are the shlecks supposed to be going?
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From the article, the more accurate headline is - Contador doesn't renew contract with Astana.

So where do people think he's going?

Sunguard (Saxo)?
Caisse D'Epargne?
Euskatel?
BMC?
Cervelo?
Team Radio Shack?
New Spanish Team?
Back to Astana?

I very much doubt he'll go with Euskatel (he's from the Madrid area - not a Basque), or Team Radioactive Shack (due to the uncertainties from the investigation).
I think you should include Astana on that list. We sat here a year ago speculating about this exact thing. And he stayed with Astana. Now the circumstances are a little different, but all of the issues that everyone thought would happen with Astana did not occur. And Astana has shown the willingness to pony up large amounts of cash to him. At this point, he turning down their offer is to be expected of any free agent who is the best in his sport. He's officially opened up the bidding.
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He's going to the new team with Andy and Frank Schleck.......
He's pulling a Lebron.

I think he's going to end up with Riis on Saxo Bank.
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I thought Riis is heading up the new Schleck team...
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