The Silly Season

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09/19/2011| 0 comments
by Neil Browne
Team owner Andy Rihs has been throwing money at his BMC Racing team like a rap star at a strip bar.
Team owner Andy Rihs has been throwing money at his BMC Racing team like a rap star at a strip bar.

The Silly Season

There's a reason that the months professional cyclists negotiate their upcoming contracts is called the silly season. The reason is because during the Tour de France, rider's agents are seen sulking around teams floating offers or just generally trying to suss out how much their client is worth on the open market.

and the squad has shown that they have the deep enough coffers to acquire his signature. The only curious aspect to this rumor is here we are, deep into September, and no announcement. It was thought that at the conclusion of the Tour of Britain something would be announced from Team Cavendish. But not a peep so far from the sprinter. What's the hold up? Still wrangling for more sterling?

Another rider who has also been keeping a low profile is Levi Leipheimer. While his Tour was a disaster, his domestic campaign was strong with a second place in the Amgen Tour of California and wins in the Tour of Utah as well as the Pro Cycling Challenge (aka Tour of Colorado). And yes, I know he also won the Tour de Suisse as well. However, Leipheimer and his relationship with his current team director has been "strained" and there have been some small signs that Leipheimer and Lance Armstrong aren't exactly on good terms either. So it was no surprise that Leipheimer's contract didn't extend to the new Luxembourg squad which will now managed by Bruyneel. Don't be too concerned for Levi. The new Quick-Step team director Brian Holm let the cat out of the bag several weeks ago by stating that the Belgian squad had signed the climber for 2012. Although nothing official from the team has been stated and Leipheimer himself has continued to be coy on the subject, it looks like he's heading to Quick-Step - a team where Grand Tour dreams go to die.

By this time next week maybe we'll have more clarification on who is going where and for how much. But until then stay tuned to Roadcycling.com.

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