Tour de Pologne 2015 stage - 2
  • awesometown

    The cycling team business model makes no sense… Having teams crumble the second sponsors fall of is hilariously outdated. That being said, it’s hard to feel bad for a team that produces only six non-tour wins so far for 2016. Victories win sponsorships. Reminds me of when euskatel folded. Everyone was bemoaning the end of an era and the death of a historic team, but we don’t need another team that shows up to races only to sit in the pack.

    • NickV

      Comparing IAM to Euskatel-Euskadi is pretty apples and oranges.
      Euskatel were a grass roots team around for 20 seasons that developed riders from a region renowned for climbers.
      The primary reason for them folding was the GFC and it’s effect on Spain.
      They may not have accumulated heaps of sprints wins (that pad out the overall tally) or been fans of the cobbled classics (required to field riders at those races because of the World Tour) but they won plenty in the mountains – Tour stages, Giro stages, Vuelta stages – and did plenty to illuminate races.
      Don’t forget Sammy Sanchez reminded us with flashes of gold on everything he wore that he was Olympic road champion in 2008!
      If you’ve ever stood in the Pyrenees surrounded by hundreds of orange clad fans you’d have seen a passion and following that IAM Cycling could only dream of.

  • Paul Jakma

    MotoGP had a similar funding crisis, due in greater part to laws restricting tobacco advertising. Dorna – the promoter and main rights-holder – gives subsidies to teams. I.e., the rightsholder redistributes the TV money to the teams. Cycling needs something similar, but it seems it’d take all the top teams and riders boycotting ASO to achieve this…

    • jules

      yep, this. ASO is sucking the revenue out of pro cycling.

      • Dave

        With the ASO plan to take their races out of the WorldTour from next year, the teams will be in a position where they can decline to have all their revenue sucked out by the ASO races.

        Step up to the plate Vaughters, now’s the time to stop hiding behind the UCI and come good on your threats!

    • NickV

      INRNG has written about this in the past, it seems the pot is not as big as everyone thinks it is;
      http://inrng.com/2014/01/problem-revenue-sharing/

    • Dave

      Good luck finding a team owner willing to say that out loud when ASO races will be invitational rather than compulsory next year.

  • 900Aero

    Ah well, there goes the best kit in the peloton. Always sad to see a team fold, especially when it’s a new venture that had promise.

  • jules

    why is that Giant rider celebrating an IAM win in the main photo? or is he shaking his fist?

    • Dave

      He’s celebrating that the demise of IAM means Giant is no longer facing a fight to avoid relegation at the end of the year.

    • 900Aero

      That is Marcel K, freaking out that the IAM guy (sorry, don’t know who) has a better beard than his (ie; none) and maybe he is not the coolest guy in the peloton anymore. Or perhaps the IAM hipster stole MK’s hair product and told him just before the sprint started, to distract him.

  • Carson

    For reference, here is a list of season-ending payouts for the teams in the English Premier League (that’s football) . Bear in mind that 1) these are in pounds, not dollars, so multiply by 1.46 and 2) the bottom three teams here are getting relegated to the lower league for their poor finish. Talk about a soft landing. It’s all about the crazy TV money.

    • Dave

      For reference when comparing soccer and cycling, how many EPL matches per year only get on TV as paid programming?

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