Right, this is a blog and not a newspaper or website with high standards of journalism to uphold. It’s not cyclingnews.com either. I feel I can float ideas even when I can’t get them officially confirmed.
So here goes. Astana can’t afford to keep Contador. His brother, acting as his agent, is pushing for more money but the team has a budget and can’t raise any more money in a hurry.
Meanwhile Riis is pitching to Contador. Now Riis is still under negotiations with sponsors but the arrival of Contador is exactly what a sponsor wants and his near-guaranteed Tour de France success is going to bring a lot of attention. To the point where Specialized are prepared to dig deep to create their own “test team” with Contador and Cancellara as the stars.
So there you have it: Team Specialized-Sungard with Contador joining. You heard it here first.
This is only from one source but the correspondent is sound, they’ve supplied a two stories that proved true… plus two others that look true but I really can’t afford to publish.