Goodbye Rabobank

by Super Domestique   October 19, 2012  

The shake up of the Pro Tour continues http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/rabobank-to-end-its-sponsorship-of-profe...

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Shame really; but how many sponsors will follow them, in light of the dopping publicity?

posted by Mostyn [400 posts]
19th October 2012 - 8:58

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1220 posts]
19th October 2012 - 9:01

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Thanks Jimmy. Sorry that isn't on mobile site hence my posting.

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
19th October 2012 - 9:05

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No worries Smile

It's so sad that a large number of people are going to be out of work after this isn't it?

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1220 posts]
19th October 2012 - 9:12

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Very true.

The sport is suffering and people are suffering - due to a selfish group who I still like to hope are a minority but have my doubts!

As I posted recently, I have waited for years to see cycling gain the recognition with family/friends/the public and just when it does, this happens.

I am sure the ripples will continue.

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
19th October 2012 - 9:34

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The problem is more the structure of the sport, than some selfish individuals. Nothing will change unless and until there is significant reform, starting at the top.

posted by Paul J [558 posts]
19th October 2012 - 10:00

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Gotta remember and I haven't seen it on any of these stories.

Rabobank also have a continental team, an U23 team, CX teams.......

Big shake up going on, plus they were a bit like Sky are to British cycling, the main national sponsor aswell.

If this new investigation surrounding Ferrari takes off, I can see Pro cycling being dead in the water next season Crying

We'll maybe get a Road.cc team in the TdF Devil Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8686 posts]
19th October 2012 - 10:04

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Ah! light at the end of the tunnel then!! Cool

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
19th October 2012 - 10:15

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What do we think, anything to do with getting out before this blows up a huge sh1tstorm?

http://road.cc/content/news/69193-20-teams-dozens-riders-and-%E2%82%AC30...

Me, Myself and I

posted by phax71 [299 posts]
19th October 2012 - 10:36

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Gkam84 wrote:

We'll maybe get a Road.cc team in the TdF Devil Devil

I was gonna say, if new sponsors are signing up for the former rabo, Road.cc could put a bid in cheap Big Grin

Nothing like a bit of Argyll in the WorldTour.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
19th October 2012 - 11:21

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Rabobank also have a continental team, an U23 team, CX teams.......

Presumably this covers it:

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The Dutch bank said that it would continue to sponsor the amateur side of the sport, including cyclocross and youth cycling.

Pretty shocking news really.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
19th October 2012 - 11:34

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Raleigh wrote:
Gkam84 wrote:

We'll maybe get a Road.cc team in the TdF Devil Devil

I was gonna say, if new sponsors are signing up for the former rabo, Road.cc could put a bid in cheap Big Grin

Nothing like a bit of Argyll in the WorldTour.

Crowd sourcing time? £100 from 500 people might get a half decent young team Devil

But on a more serious note. This free's up another world tour license

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posted by Gkam84 [8686 posts]
19th October 2012 - 11:59

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Not as bad as I first thought it was.

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The professional teams will continue to exist in 2013, with Rabobank honouring contracts already in place, although the riders will have no sponsor's name on their jerseys.
The bank is also trying to find a solution to keep sponsoring Vos to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

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posted by Gkam84 [8686 posts]
19th October 2012 - 13:06

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Good, hope the riders still get paid etc.

What will the team be called?

Giant pro cycling squadron or something?

Dutch Fietsen?

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
19th October 2012 - 15:53

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And yes, perhaps Europcar or another team will be FORCED to become pro?

Or they'll let Ag2r stay with Argos.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
19th October 2012 - 15:54

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Tweet from Dave Millar:

"Dear Rabobank, you were part of the problem. How dare you walk away from your young clean guys who are part of the solution. Sickening."

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2942 posts]
19th October 2012 - 16:41

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posted by The Rumpo Kid [590 posts]
19th October 2012 - 16:59

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