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    Contador signs deal with Saxo Bank


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    So, Saxo drops their sponsorship at the beginning of the year - but bag AC and sign on?
    Riis had said he would have a new sponsor announced after the tour - more a reupping than new.
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    Much more detail here http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/cont...h-riis-in-2011 and here http://velonews.competitor.com/2010/...ontador_132572

    IIRC Saxo signed on for another year, I'm guessing most likely *because* Riis landed Contador. Seems like sponsors come and go pretty quickly these days, so having a DS who can hustle and land a big sponsor is key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe View Post
    Much more detail here http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/cont...h-riis-in-2011 and here http://velonews.competitor.com/2010/...ontador_132572

    IIRC Saxo signed on for another year, I'm guessing most likely *because* Riis landed Contador. Seems like sponsors come and go pretty quickly these days, so having a DS who can hustle and land a big sponsor is key.
    welcome to a world run by people who know people and money old friend. Except for Lance of course, he is just shear guts and hard work... of course.
    'Nyway, what a very strange move.
    Saxo has no team to help Contador to speak of right now... very strange.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howzit View Post
    welcome to a world run by people who know people and money old friend.
    Uh, yeah, been living in that world for a long time now. It's not 1950 and we aren't dealing with national and regional teams. Even then politics and networking and money were involved.


    Quote Originally Posted by Howzit
    Saxo has no team to help Contador to speak of right now... very strange.
    Contador will pull several trusted allies to Saxo, Riis will probably grab a few other people; he's already making noise about wanting to hire Rasmussen and get Contador to win all 3 Grand Tours. It's not like Saxo currently has a deep roster of climbers anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howzit View Post
    welcome to a world run by people who know people and money old friend. Except for Lance of course, he is just shear guts and hard work... of course.
    'Nyway, what a very strange move.
    Saxo has no team to help Contador to speak of right now... very strange.
    People were saying the same thing last year when Contador opted to stay with Astana.
    Everyone has a right to an opinion. However, this does not mean that one's opinion is right.

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    methinks a Grand Slam is scheduled for 2011
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    Spartacus is contracted to Saxo-Sungaurd for another year, contadr is bringing some of his favorites over, and he will be riding for a team without money issues and a good DS. I dont know why any one would think its a bad move

    welcome to a world run by people who know people and money old friend. Except for Lance of course, he is just shear guts and hard work... of course.
    Lance has an exclusive deal with trek, hand picked each rider he wanted on Radioshack(as well as discovery, and half the people he brought to Astana), haveing johan move with him no matter where he goes, having races the he participates in being more widely reported. That sure sounds like a person with money and old friends, much more than saxo making the buisness decision to sponsor a team that will get a lot of press.

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