Peter Sagan (SVK/Tinkoff-Saxo) flabbergasted by winning the World Championship only seconds earlier

Elite Men Road Race
UCI Road World Championships Richmond 2015 / USA
  • DaGoose

    Now the flying mullet has some hair competition! Very exciting times for the team! With the big S putting so much into another big S, I wonder if other S sponsored teams will feel the brunt of that?

    • Dave

      An interesting result of all the manoeuvring in preparation for next year is that the big red S will be a significantly smaller red S in the top level road racing scene next year, having a sponsor-supplier arrangement with only two WorldTour teams (Etixx, Bora) compared to the current three (Etixx, Astana, Tinkoff).

      Scott will be going from two (IAM and Orica) to one (Orica) unless there are further changes, which may in turn pave the way for them to become a major naming rights sponsor replacing Orica for the 2018 season.

    • bigdo
      • DaGoose

        I was referring to Shane Archbold. With Fabian now gone, there is no contest and their team will definitely have the longest average hair in the peleton. Bora-Hairgrohe anyone?

        • bigdo

          That’s right, that’s right, Shane is the Flying Mullet… My mistake friend…

  • David Fischer

    Lol, Sinyard would use a press release about Sagen to promote his mopeds.

  • jakub

    Hopefully they will bolster their classics squad to offer some support for Sagan. At the moment I don’t see anyone on their roster capable of that apart from Bodnar. Sagan is definitely coming into his best years, it would be a pity if he doesn’t get a reasonable team support. Cannondale and Tinkoff didn’t offer too much, but without any further arrivals Bora seems to be even worse…

    • Dave

      The rumour mill says Tony Martin will be going there.

  • bigdo

    gettin paaaaaiiid… Good for Peter…

  • bigdo

    My big question is that now that Sagan is on a Pro continental team and not a UCI World Tour team, are we not going to see him as much in the big time races and grand tours?

    • claude cat

      It’s pretty likely (assuming the financials are in order), that they, Bora, will be WT next year.

      • bigdo

        So they’re going to move up then? Okay, got it..

        • Dave

          That is their plan.

          But they’ll still be at all the big races even if they don’t get granted a WorldTour licence or decide not to apply for it. Pretty well every WorldTour race organiser would give them an invite, just like they did when Cadel Evans was wearing the rainbow jersey in BMC’s last year as a Pro Continental team.

          Staying as a Pro Continental team might actually be advantageous for Bora. They could pick and choose which races to attend, have a smaller squad to keep costs under control, and even demand higher appearance fees than the mandatory race attendance payments for WorldTour teams.

          • bigdo

            hmmmm… wow.. yeah that makes sense.. also, had no idea that BMC was a conti team when Cadel was in the rainbow jersey…

            Another quick, off-topic question I have since we touched on BMC is, is it true that BMC might secure a major sponsorship from none other than Apple? That rumor has been circulating for awhile now.. you seem in the know, what’s your take? Would that work well? Is it just a rumor?

            • Dave

              That was just Andy Rihs pontificating on the scale of company which he would love to come on board, not a realistic probability. Apple are way too smart to get involved in cycling, they can afford to stick with safer forms of marketing.

              Staying at Pro Continental level would be looking even better for Bora with the UCI’s proposed WorldTour calendar for 2017 as released yesterday.

              • bigdo

                Wooow, that’s really disappointing… I was really hoping to see that happen with the whole BMC/Apple connection… You think that’s how Apple big wigs view it; that cycling is too unstable or not properly marketable? All it would take is a sponsor like that and maybe other huge names could jump on board and perhaps make cycling more viable wouldn’t you agree?

                • Dave

                  Yes, the risks are too high (when you hear “Festina” what do you think of?) and not justified by the small returns. The big cycling sponsorships from outside the industry are entered into because the executives are enthusiasts, not because they are rational business decisions.

                  A far better option for a company like Apple wanting to spend $15M on marketing is a single ad during the Super Bowl, split 50:50 between the production and the air time.

                  > All it would take is a sponsor like that and maybe other huge names could jump on board and perhaps make cycling more viable wouldn’t you agree?
                  The bigger question is what it would take to get the first big sponsor like that? The answer is for cycling to get its house in order and present potential sponsors with a better product. Only then will they get a huge name jumping on board for others to follow.

                  • bigdo

                    brilliant post… also eye opening…

                    your bit about ‘cycling getting it’s house in order’, would you be referring to what Cannondale director Jonathon Vaughters describes when he talks about how Cycling as a whole sport should take more cues from sports leagues like the NFL? I guess Vaughters means that within cycling sometimes the biggest names in the sport aren’t always competing in the same races, and they’re all spread out.. they don’t have a lot of organization.. so fans have to work harder to know what’s going on…

                • Dave

                  Yes, the risks are too high (when you hear “Festina” what do you think of?) and not justified by the small returns. The big cycling sponsorships from outside the industry are entered into because the executives are enthusiasts, not because they are rational business decisions.

                  A far better option for a company like Apple wanting to spend $15M on marketing is a single ad during the Super Bowl, split 50:50 between the production and the air time.

                  > All it would take is a sponsor like that and maybe other huge names could jump on board and perhaps make cycling more viable wouldn’t you agree?
                  The bigger question is what it would take to get the first big sponsor like that? The answer is for cycling to get its house in order and present potential sponsors with a better product. Only then will they get a huge name jumping on board for others to follow.

              • bigdo

                Wooow, that’s really disappointing… I was really hoping to see that happen with the whole BMC/Apple connection… You think that’s how Apple big wigs view it; that cycling is too unstable or not properly marketable? All it would take is a sponsor like that and maybe other huge names could jump on board and perhaps make cycling more viable wouldn’t you agree?

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