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Re: The Academy of Cycling
« Reply #450 on: September 16, 2019, 08:11 »
So I wonder if Sylvan Adams is a gambler or not.

He might have been sitting in his Montreal hotel suite last night after Sbaragli's sixth placed finish pondering the future the of the team. A week ago the auto-wildcard situation looked dead and buried, but the team have had a great week with nearly 400 UCI points and this has moved them right up to the bumper of Wanty (even Total will be looking over their shoulders).

There are still plenty of scoring opportunities. Belgian and Italian one-day races and funnily enough all of the three teams mentioned above are now racing Guangxi.

The gamble for Adams is does he go ahead with the rumoured Katusha merger or does he twist and see how the races unfold?

Short term the merger doesn't make sense, and by short term I mean 2020. It would end up being a transition year as you'd be stuck with a lot of weak Katusha riders (unless you can pay off their contracts?) and even if you cut half of the ICA riders from the team (bear in mind you have to keep the five Israelis), there would still only be room for one or two more transfers in addition to Martin and Hofstetter. The results for that one year would be really tough to come by.

Long term it does make more sense. The WT in essence becomes a closed shop for the next three years after this. You would have to rely on wildcards to get into the races and with no guarantee that the auto-wildcard competition would stay in place.

Today is the day we should hear more.
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