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Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 20, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Vos doubles wins at Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen; Gidich wins third stage of Tour of Qinghai Lake; Four talking points from the 2016 Giro Rosa; Anatomy of a bike throw: Sagan’s stage-winning lunge for the line; Battle with the broom wagon: Suffering to stay in the Tour; How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 10-16; Rohan Dennis leaving Tour de France; A mid-season chat: Joe Dombrowski talks beer, cars, and renewed contract with Cannondale-Drapac; Cummings replaces Kennaugh for Olympic road race; AG2R LA MONDIALE extends sponsorship through 2020; Turkish Olympian motivated to perform at Qinghai Lake following failed coup attempt in Ankara; Team Sky on Pinarello through 2020; List of Tour de France team budgets; Sagan at the Tour de France, by the numbers; Tour de France, stage 16 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 16; Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 2 highlights

Vos doubles wins at Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen

by CyclingTips

Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv) won the fifth stage Thüringen Rundfahrt, the second for her in the race. The leader remains Ellen van Dijk (Dolmans Boels) after her win in yesterday’s time trial.

Vos took the sprint win out of a 15-rider group ahead of Elena Cecchini (Canyon-SRAM) and Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-AIS).

Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana) was very active on the day, winning the first mountain bonus and taking over the climber’s jersey.

It is currrently an all-Dutch GC as Annemiek van Vleuten is second overall, 13 seconds behind van Dijk while Vos moves up into third, 30 seconds back.

Stage 5: Greiz > Greiz - Stage Result

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Today’s feature image comes from the second rest day of the 2016 Tour de France.

  • De Mac

    Dunno whether Katusha is seeing a great return upon investment….

    • donncha

      Yep. You’ve got to wonder what they’re spending all their money on. Must be severely overpaying their riders.

    • Dave

      It’s not great but it’s not the worst bang/buck ratio either. Kristoff had an amazing run for them last year, and Zakarin has been reasonably good despite his complete lack of bike handling skills.

      Assuming a large slice of their budget goes on Kristoff’s salary, that’s acceptable as he’s a sprinter and was due an average year after two absolutely brilliant ones. Sprinters generally only get sacked once they go for two consecutive poor years, e.g. Etixx dropping Cav in last year’s transfer season.

      • donncha

        They’re hardly paying Kristoff as much as Tinkoff are paying Sagan? Even if they are Tinkoff also have Contador on the books, whereas Katusha have no-one even close to that level (JRod wouldn’t command anything close to Contador’s salary).
        They have nowhere near the depth of SKY but apparently are spending only 3m less.

        Or is it a case of Specialised picking up the tabs for Sagan/Contador so their salaries aren’t included in the Tinkoff budget??

        • Dave

          I definitely don’t think any more than a token salary for Sagan and Contador (because the team has to pay at least the minimum) is included in that €25M estimate.

          It’s why Sagan can feel free to sign with whoever he wants for next year, despite theoretically being under contract with Tinkoff.

  • sket

    Anyone know the source of those budget values? I can see some fine print in the image, but it’s unclear

    • donncha

      SKY publishes annual reports, so that’s where their figure comes from. AG2R also publish some financial I think. Not sure about the rest. Probably just word-of-mouth.

      • sket

        I had only seen INRNG’s breakdown of Sky and AG2R so had assumed guess-timations too

    • Dave

      The text at the bottom says they are estimates for the whole team budget, but doesn’t refer to a source.

      The infographic is from the sports newspaper L’Equipe.

  • Nitro

    So between them the top 5 teams spend as much as the bottom 14… I guess thats Capitalism at work… somehow

    • jules

      the problem for sponsors is that they want to be on the winning team. of course, not everyone can win. so you end up with a polarised spectrum of big sponsorship at one end of teams that are equipped to win, and small sponsorship at the other where they aren’t equipped to win, but at least the sponsor isn’t coughing up huge money so the general exposure can still work for them.

      I suspect it’s a case of going all-in – if you’re going to put serious money down, make damn sure it’s enough to win. which is the Sky overkill philosophy. I agree it doesn’t make for great racing.

    • The Fashion Police

      $$ the only ‘marginal gain’ you need.

  • Arfy

    Should there be a salary cap and/or a total spending cap? Would it make for a better racing spectacle?

    • Dave

      Definitely – to both a salary cap and it improving the racing.

      It shouldn’t be a ‘simple’ salary cap though, it should include above-cap exemptions for one marquee signing per team and bonuses for retaining riders to encourage the development of a story that sponsors can get on board with.

      • Arfy

        Interesting point on marquee riders. Maybe this works better if the team has a set salary cap, but external sponsors are not considered part of it?

        So let’s say a cap is set for the whole team, with a minimum wage requirement and perhaps a maximum wage cap (to prevent unfair wage structures), but a sponsor like Specialized can contribute external to this agreement with someone like Sagan or Contador. These external agreements would need to have some caveat to ensure they’re transferable and not locked into a particular team, otherwise it defeats the purpose. This way an established marquee rider is likely to stay with a team unless something’s badly upsetting him, it will be the up-and-coming riders who have more incentive to move.

        Of course this requires vigilant policing of external agreements by the UCI and perhaps evolution of policy, but that’s the same with many sports looking to level the playing field.

        • Dave

          – Interesting point on marquee riders. Maybe this works better if the team has a set salary cap, but external sponsors are not considered part of it?

          No. This is not my new idea, it needs to be kept simple and for cycling to Ctrl+C Ctrl+V from other sports with working salary caps which include marquee player exemptions.

          Personal sponsors should only be allowed if they are actually disconnected from the team – sponsoring no more than two riders per team, no name/logo on any team kit/vehicle/website/merch anywhere, and no use of the personal sponsor’s products or services by any personnel other than the sponsored rider. Burden of proof on the team and riders to open their books, on pain of a denied start at upcoming races.

          A luxury tax on big marquee rider salaries is also necessary, to ensure that some of the money stays in the sport to prop up the lower-ranked teams and invest in a stability fund to provide a safety net for a team which loses its sponsors to have the riders and staff paid on the minimum salary for up to a year while they hunt for new backers.

          It’s not worth the trouble of getting into details though, not when the most powerful man in the UCI hierarchy owns the team with the second-biggest budget.

  • Laurens

    About the Giro Rosa: “with the help of several teams live-tweeting the stages, it was possible for us to follow and report on the event”. Isn’t that part of where the frustration comes from, that you didn’t actually go there or send someone to report either?

  • Dave

    Well done to Peter Kennaugh for pulling a Craig Stevens and withdrawing himself from the British Olympic team to allow Steve Cummings to enter.

    All the fault for that stuffup belongs to British Cycling, and none to Kennaugh who would have done nothing wrong if he accepted the place offered.

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  • Andy B

    Good to see AG2r committed to cycling for the long term :) some stability in sponsorship is nice

  • Dave

    Good news for any wannabe podium gatecrashers, the Badger is leaving his role with ASO at the end of next year.

    Unfortunately he is leaving completely, not swapping to a role clearing the way for the riders on the mountain stages.


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