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Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
« Reply #90 on: January 08, 2020, 15:20 »
Bjarne Riis pulls a rabbit from his hat yet again! :o

Virtu Cycling acquires a 33% stake in the company running #ntt, Riis becomes team manager:
https://nttprocycling.com/ntt-pro-cycling-enters-into-partnership-with-virtu-cycling

I've been doing some 'live commentary' on Twitter (this tweet is the start of a long-ish thread):
https://twitter.com/lukascph/status/1214911535161716736

One important point is that they only announced a Letter of Intent today - which isn't a binding document. That said, both Doug Ryder on one side and Riis & Seier on the other would be the laughing stock of the cycling (and, more importantly, business) world if they didn't follow through, and quickly.
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    Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
    « Reply #91 on: January 16, 2020, 00:15 »
    I hadn't realized this was even in the works.  :cool

    https://twitter.com/TourDeJose/status/1217532833742381056
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    Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
    « Reply #92 on: January 16, 2020, 04:00 »
    You can't keep a good Carrot down!

    Looks like Euskadi–Murias, which tried to become the new carrots but went belly up last year, has been subsumed by the Fundación Euskadi with 5 riders joining the team.

    I see Mikel is now busy trying to get the Tour de France to start in the Basque country in 2023. He might be riding elsewhere but seems to have left his heart at home, in orange, where it belongs.

    Thanks Mikel Landa, appreciated!
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    Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
    « Reply #93 on: January 31, 2020, 08:49 »
    Over in Italy, the new Team Monti is struggling to get their stuff together. The Italian Federation has now issued a 5 day ultimatum

    http://www.cicloweb.it/2020/01/30/team-monti-federazione-ultimatum/

    Monti was initially supposed to go Continental, act as Quicksteps development team, and they already had hired some big names (Amadio, Zanetti, Belli as staff, Bissegger and so on as a rider), but Lefevere doesn't seem to be interested in putting any money into it and now already stopped the supply of equipment as the first payments for it didn't come. Antonio Monti still tries to find some sponsors, but this looks more and more unlikely to happen. With Michele Gazzoli the first rider already has left the sinking ship and moved to Colpack.
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    Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
    « Reply #94 on: February 05, 2020, 11:21 »
    by the look of it, they have paid some money to the FCI and the project will go on - but the way I understand it (not sure about it though) as an U23 team only, and with no connection to Quickstep anymore.

    This Tony Monti guy seems to be a proper dickhead btw

    https://www.facebook.com/tony.monti.313
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    Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
    « Reply #95 on: February 05, 2020, 13:18 »
    Good to hear the team isn't folding completely, but does carry on.

    This Tony Monti guy seems to be a proper dickhead btw

    https://www.facebook.com/tony.monti.313
    What can I say? :-x :angel
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    Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
    « Reply #96 on: February 05, 2020, 13:56 »
    here's an article about it with some more details:

    https://www.ciclismoweb.net/news/team-monti-il-termine-e-scaduto-e-ora/18729

    So Monti has not sent in the required documents to set up a continental team, and therefor all riders under contract are allowed to leave. Michele Gazzoli (Team Colpack), Gabriele Benedetti (Casillo Petroli Firenze) and Jakob Dorigoni (Israel Start Up Nation) picked up the opportunity to sign elsewhere, while some others decided to stay with the new "Team Monti SSD ARL" U23 team. The future of Mauro Schmid and Stefan Bissegger (who focuses on the Olympics with the Swiss national team anyway and will join #ef afterwards, so for him it's half bad) is not known yet.
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    Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
    « Reply #97 on: February 06, 2020, 00:08 »
    and Jakob Dorigoni (Israel Start Up Nation) picked up the opportunity to sign elsewhere,

    I doubt that  #israel with 30 rider signed a 31st rider. Let's start the rumour it's the Sutherland replacement  :shh
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    Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
    « Reply #98 on: February 06, 2020, 05:57 »
    I doubt that  #israel with 30 rider signed a 31st rider. Let's start the rumour it's the Sutherland replacement  :shh
    Or he's signed for the development team (which has to be close to capacity too, though).
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    Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
    « Reply #99 on: February 06, 2020, 08:34 »
    Or he's signed for the development team (which has to be close to capacity too, though).

    yeah, I think both teams are full (the UCI has just 15 riders listed for the academy, but Shlomi Haimy is missing on there, and he was in the training camp with the Academy over the past days, so it doesn't look like he left the team or something like that).

    The article doesn't specifiy it, but maybe Dorigoni will join them as a stagiare later on?! For the moment he's busy with Cyclocross anyway
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    Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
    « Reply #100 on: February 13, 2020, 21:46 »
    the U23 Team Monti is done as well now.

    It's really a pity, because they were almost ready to race. The backpacks had already arrived



    They may give it another try next year (or better not)

    http://www.cicloweb.it/2020/02/13/ora-e-ufficiale-il-team-monti-non-si-fa-piu-corridori-e-staff-a-piedi/
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