Slipstream to be the "American" team. But actually, this will make Astana more rested and focused on The Tour
Might as well fold the team and go home. Hope those riders have guaranteed contracts...
I'm amazed at the sponsorship dollars that are still being pumped into the sport. The sponsors would get better return on their investment by walking down the street and throwing the cash in the air.
Astana is pretty much f'd. ASO's events:
Le Tour de France
Tour of Qatar
Le Critérium International
La Flèche Wallonne
Le Tour de Picardie
Le Tour de l’Avenir
Le Tour du Faso
And now ASO is in talks to manage the Unipublic cycling events (La Vuelta). That would mean a complete shutout from all the major cycling events for Astana. Might as well fold the team and go home. Hope those riders have guaranteed contracts...
all press, good or bad, keeps the sport in the news. but i am totally disappointed by the road race scene. there's a lot of drama that happens, and i dont really mind drama (for example, i still watch baseball)... but with all the doping going down - i have completely stopped watching road cycling. i watched floyd pull his win, but after the circus around that - its over for me. it just seems that every winner is a doper. i'm still on the fence with baseball, but for some reason i can stomach it more in baseball - probably because there isn't this entity that makes decisions that affect the whole pool of players on what appears to be whims (for example, i haven't seen the yankees get banned outright - yet).
i just wish mtb racing got more attention. i never see it televised on my cable provider (pat media)... my only outlet is fuel TV, and that gets old fast. i love to surf, but i can only watch so much of it, and bmx or motorcross just ain't the same. and who the hell watches wake boarding
one thing i would think would be good for viewing is freeride stuff - i would think a channel like fuel would dig riders dropping off of rooftops or whatever, but they never show it.... sorry - tangent rant over...
I see why the ASO has done this. It is their responsibility to provide a respectable event.
Really? Look at Capitol Hill today. "America's national pastime" is on trial, more or less. Same story as usual: drugs And attendance figures for baseball are through the roof. Controversy creates discussion and the advertisers get more ROI than ever before, I would imagine.
But the ASO bristles whenever anyone suggests that *they* compromise.
The more stages and miles...the more money ASO collects. ASO will drive the riders into the ground in order to maximize their profits.
Vuelta a España officials already publicly said that Contador and Astaná would be welcome to their event.
It's kinda stupid, by this logic, think of how many teams could be out because of something like this.