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  • lowercasev

    Awesome partnership indeed. Congratulations Brendan, well deserved.

    • Andy B

      My thoughts exactly!

  • Abdu

    Wow, good opportunity to access some good Aussie talent too.

    I’d love to see Michael Turtur’s face when he has to suck up to Michael Drapac now, after refusing them entry to the TDU for years.

    • Dave

      In the current reality, a quick look would show you that Drapac has been granted invitational wildcards for every edition of the TDU since they became eligible to accept them at the start of the 2014 season.

      Perhaps the grovelling has gone the other way?

  • More elf than Santa I think.

  • DaGoose

    First OBE and now CAD? Would be awesome to see some CAADs in the peleton. Loving this new batch of team TLAs.

    • Dave

      The UCI website’s list of WorldTour teams already has it changed to CDT. It will be interesting to see whether this run has been left too late for the graphics producers preparing TdF content for different networks.

      OGE is still OGE, according to the UCI website.

  • Carton

    My $.02: they should have green for some races (Giro?), red for other races (Vuelta?), and save the Christmas kit for the Tour.

  • Dave

    CT, do you have any info on:

    – whether the current Cannondale development team Cylance-Incycle p/b Cannondale will still be a development team for the new setup?
    – whether one of Cannondale-Drapac or Drapac will have to drop out of the Tour of Utah due to shared ownership?

    • H.E. Pennypacker

      Hadn’t thought about the Tour of Utah issue. But is there still going to be a Drapac Pro-Continental team in August when the Tour of Utah rolls around? If so, I would think Cannondale would take priority since Dombrowski won the overall last year and I assume his plan is to defend.

      • My understanding is that Drapac Capital is a sponsor of both teams in 2016. In 2017, they become a holding company of Cannondale-Drapac and as a result ALL riders, both in WT and Pat’s Veg Devo squad are paid from the same purse so to speak. As per the rules, this rules out Pat’s Veg being able to compete in the same races as Cannondale-Drapac WT Team – 2017 Herald Sun Tour, 2017 Utah etc. In short, nothing really changes for 2016.

        • Neal Rogers

          I asked Vaughters about this, and he said that Cannondale-Drapac will be managed by (paying agent) Slipstream Sports, while Drapac-Pat’s Veg Conti team will be a joint effort between Slipstream and Drapac. Therefore, theoretically, they could compete at same events, as they are managed by different paying agents, but that they would not. As these changes take effect for 2107, I don’t believe this should impact any 2016 races such as Tour of Utah.

    • Good questions Dave. We’ll try to find those out for you.

    • jules

      it seems there is no more Drapac in the pro-conti sense. so either C-D will participate, or if not, Drapac-Pat’s Veg may participate if they get invited – although they’re only Continental status. it sounds like they can’t both be there.

      • Dave

        If Jonathan Cantwell is to be believed, at least the existing contracts won’t be an obstacle to shutting down DPC immediately.

        It sounds as if Brendan Canty will be the only Drapac rider to “merge” into the Cannondale squad, but even he would be left out in the cold if DPC is shut down immediately as the Cannondale roster is (interestingly for a team well known for whinging about their low budget) full and there’s no space for an immediate transfer.

        This could well make for a quieter than usual Vaughters throughout the Tour de France. He won’t want to attract too much attention from the UCI if he knows he is sailing close to the wind.

        • jules

          it does look like they’ve dropped their pro conti team like a hot potato. they’ve long been accused of under-performing and a decent chuck of the roster seems not to fit into either the World Tour or Continental ‘development’ categories.

          • Dave

            The UCI website’s list of teams has been updated to show CDT, but DPC still shows.

            Can a Melbourne-based reader please go and knock on the door of the Drapac Professional Cycling premises and see if there’s anybody there?

  • Robert Merkel

    Of course a lot of us are particularly excited that Brendan will get his chance at WT level, but there’s more to contemplate here methinks.

    For one, the Pro Conti teams, particularly the ones that can’t count on a GT invite, are kinda caught between a rock and a hard place. It’s hard to see how they can generate enough exposure to pay their riders enough to justify being a professional cyclist.

    On the sporting side, does this mean Cannondale-Drapac will have enough money to hire another marquee rider or two?

  • Robert Merkel

    Oh, and another thought – surely the new team will want a proper aero road bike from Cannondale at some point.

    • Nick Squillari

      With Rinard at Cannondale, it would seem like a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’ an aero bike comes along.

    • Mark

      Isn’t your question really (when you look at both your posts), “How long is Cannondale a Marquee sponsor”?

      • Mickey McMook

        Cannondale and Holowesko and other sponsors like Castelli are all fed up with Vaughters and paying big bucks for the worst managed team in the ProTour. Cannondale and Holowesko will not continue in 2017, while Cannondale is already looking for an out.

        • Mark

          Essentially what I was getting at, but without knowing for sure and I couldn’t be arsed googling the currently state of play after all the rumours leading up to this.

  • Phillip

    Great way to kill 10 years of development just to get your name at the Tour de France.
    Don’t see many Drapac riders other than Canty going to Cannondale. Majority of the squad is either riders who failed at World Tour or struggle to beat Conti Teams. Granted there are some exceptions but they will probably get shafted by the merger.

    Not sure why anybody would want to merge with Vaughters, his team seems more interested with Instagram than with winning races.


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