In the wake of the collapse of the Australian Pegasus project it seems plenty are willing to have their say. We’ve had a press release from Cycling Australia and even the UCI felt it worth adding its voice in a curiously worded press release.
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But despite all this, we’ve still got a lot of riders working the phone for a ride, not to mention backroom staff who are probably shafted. And, for me at least, there’s the reputation element of the sport, that we see such a big project implode before anyone turned a pedal or zipped up a jersey.
Given all this, there are some interesting questions for people involved to answer. Off the top off my mind:
- Who was the sponsor of the Pegasus team? We have heard tales of sports mogul George Gillet but I’ve also heard from reliable sources that the US industrial manufacturing supplier 3M was going to be the team’s backer.
- How far did sponsorship commitments go? Did any party sign a binding agreement to fund the team?
- Did the news of Contador’s positive test results cause the sponsor to think twice or even allow them to exercise a break clause?
- When did the Pegasus management realise that their principal partner was not on board?
- Given the troubles with agreeing paperwork with the UCI, was it advisable to sign riders even as late as December?
- Does anyone in the team believe they were held back by officials or associates of Cycling Australia or the UCI?
- Did any of the riders signed express concern about the lack of information about the team? What were they told during the team get-together a few weeks ago?
- What steps did riders’ agents take to satisfy them the team was genuine and that their riders could expect to receive a full salary?
- Why did the UCI grant several extensions to various deadlines? Was this accommodative manner because there was evidence that something small needed to be addressed or do officials within the UCI feel misled?
- What happened at the last moment when there was talk Scott and others had saved the day? Was this another dream or was the money almost there?
- As good as it is to see the likes of McEwen and Tuft find new teams, remember that they aren’t in a position to bargain. What sort of a pay cut are the having to accept in order to get a ride?
- Just how many others are left high and dry?
- What steps can be taken to prevent this happening again?
I suspect confidentiality clauses and general reticence might prevent some from giving blunt answers. We’ll see what the next few days and weeks bring.
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