Sometimes things can be obvious but you don’t say them. Maybe it’s because it’s polite not to point, other times just because it’s obvious. But that doesn’t mean you can’t say it. So here’s a reference on Twitter from user wesko:
no one seems to be commenting on a talented young rider’s need/desire to turn away from Radioshack
Quite. I didn’t feel like raising the idea as sometimes the mention of Armstrong can bore me. But the reminder on Twitter has changed my mind. Even if it’s obvious, it’s worth stating: Taylor Phinney has walked away from Team Radioshack.
As I mentioned earlier today, the prodigy was poached from under Jonathan Vaughters’ sophisticated nose to join the Trek-Livestrong team. Lance Armstrong made big personal efforts to lure Phinney and clearly went out of his way to literally make him feel at home; at one point Phinney was driving around in a classic sports car belonging to Armstrong. Then after time spent on this squad he moved up to the pro team, with a debut in Denmark. In the intervening period Radioshack sign other Trek-Livestrong riders like Ben King and Jesse Sergent… only their biggest talent is silent.
Now I can’t speak for Phinney and I haven’t got hold of him to discuss this, so what follows is speculation. But with Armstrong under investigation and reduced to a damage limitation strategy, would you want to join this team. Especially knowing the sponsor wasn’t going to be hanging around for long. Add to that the fact that Bruyneel has already retired once from the sport already, not to mention his reputation. All told, if you represent the future of US cycling, why hook up with someone who represents the past. Time for a fresh start.