Are there too many chiefs?
I am starting to wonder a little about the shape of the pro cycling peloton in 2010. Especially the composition of teams for the Tour de France...
With the latest news that Cadel Evans has made the move to Team BMC we are now in the position where there appears to be too many team leaders spread out across the peloton to get all of them into the big races.
Here is a brief summary of teams and leaders...if you were the ASO, who would you leave at home in July?
Team Sky - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Garmin/Slipstream - Bradley Wiggins*/Christian Van de Velde
Lotto- Philippe Gilbert
Team BMC - Cadel Evans
Saxo Bank - Andy Schleck/Frank Schleck
Cervelo Test Team - Carlos Sastre, Thor Hushovd
Columbia HTC - Tony Martin, Mark Cavendish
Milram - Gerald Giolek, Linus Gerdemann
Radio Shack - Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer, Gert Steegmans
BBox - Thomas Voeckler, Pierrick Fedrigo
Rabobank - Denis Menchov
Vacansoleil - Jonnie Hoogerland/Roman Feillu/Brice Feillu
Lampre - Damiano Cunego
Footon/Fuji - Juan Jose Cobo
Caisse D'Eparnge - Alessandro Valverde (maybe)
Liquigas - Ivan Basso, Roman Kreuziger, Franco Pellizotti
Quick Step - Tom Boonen, Sylvain Chavanel
Ag2R - Nicolas Roche, Cyril Dessel
Katusha - Pippo Pozzato
Francais Des Jeux - Remi Di Gregario
Euskatel - Sammy Sanchez
Cofidis - Aimal Moinard
Astana - Alberto Contador
Skil- Shimano - Albert Timmer (regular readers will know why!!)
Saur-Sojasun - Agribtubel replacement... leader tbc.
* not confirmed
So in reality there are five of those teams on the list that are going to miss out as well as any others I might have missed. It is interesting that the weakest team leaders on that list are clearly in the French teams but you can't see them all being cut by the organisers.
Depending on the rules with pro-tour (remember that!) teams having to be invited we could see some big names watching the race on TV next July.
If I were picking on the current list I would cut Lampre, Katusha and Milram... but after that it would be a struggle... anyone want to speculate with me?
One thing that is also clear is that Columbia wouldn't be safe in a free choice and nor would Team Sky.