March 5, 2010
La Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that the Schleck brothers are looking to break free from Riis cycling and form their own team. The article is not on their English site and while my Italian is suspect, it looks like the two brothers are trying to poach Fabian Cancellara and have Kim Andersen serve as Director.
On my way home from Sweden, I was reading how Frank Schleck pledged his undying loyalty to Bjarne saying that he would always ride for the Dane. He also felt that a new sponsor for the team was a mere formality. So what happened?
September 5, 2008
Team CSC-Saxo Bank is announcing on their website that after seven years, reigning Tour de France Champion Carlos Sastre will be leaving the team when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Carlos Sastre has been one of the most prominent profiles in the big stage races for a number of seasons culminating with his victory this year in the greatest of them all: Tour de France.
The Tour victory was the most important triumph in the team history and it is with great mutual respect and understanding that Sastre now announces his transfer to the newly formed Cervélo Test Team from next season.
With a strong, young stage racing team, CSC- Saxo Bank could not guarantee Sastre the leadership role in 2009. According to individuals on the team, the split is very amicable.