- I very much doubt Vroomen feels any need to distance himself from CSC, given he is no longer a share holder or CEO of Cervélo. His blog is actually quite a good and interesting view of cycling. Then again he innovated aero bike frames and CSC used his bikes so he must be incorrect and irrelevant. I apologise.
I'm sure his blog is of interest to Cervelo owners the world over Allen. I just don't think it's giving me personally any useful insight in the link you posted. Why should I believe him and not Brailsford?
Aero bike frames? Read Burrows opinions in Cyclist this month for my take on that
- So the UCI should have a moral code in charge of who runs teams? Should Astana no longer be granted a licence due to Vino, what about Garmin with Vaughters and Millar, BMC with Rihs of Phonak fame?
They should certainly put considerable conditions on teams that preclude people like Riis continuing with his policies. Like allowing unfettered access to blood and power controls through a team of experts for starters. I also think life bans for all convicted dopers is a long overdue penalty that will both discourage further abuse and make sure this situation does not happen in future. Life sentences would have removed those you mention from the World Tour - would the sport be any worse off for it?
- Running a team on a year by year basis not good for stability.... what should the teams do then, shut down? Should Bob Stapleton not have created High Road from the ashes of T-Mobile, should Blanco not have carried on after Rabobank. A lot of the time this sport exists due to the passion of those involved at all levels. Competitive sponsored sport exists in a pressured world financial market. The same is true of other sports, look at F1 for example. Whilst it would be nice if we had 19 other global broadcasting multinationals with questionable morals bankrolling teams, it isn't going to happen in the near term.
Indeed cycling does need to look long and hard at both the F1 model, and those of other sports like Football. A share of the TV revenue going to licence holders is just one step on the road to stability. Multi year contracts with extension deadlines will follow whilst some degree of future planning can be accomplished through guaranteed annual revenue. As I say, the sport really is in the dark ages.