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Despite failing to buy the team licence of the Euskaltel-Euskadi squad, Formula One driver and cycling nut Fernando Alonso is pressing on with plans for his own team, which will be launched at the 2014 Tour de France.

Alonso’s manager, Luis Garcia Abad, has told Italian sportspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport that plans for Team Alonso are well underway.

“Some agreements with sponsors are already signed,” he said, and the team would be launched at “the first rest day of the next Tour [de France]”.

“Fernando has said he wants to bring the best of formula one to cycling, and vice versa,” Abad said. “This means technology, research, marketing, promotion, new tools such as telemetry, a medical centre.

“The intention is to do something new and avoid the problem of doping.”

Alberto Contador, Ivan Basso and Filippo Pozzato have all been tipped as possible members of Team Alonso, but Abad attempted to squash such rumours, saying: “At the moment, we can’t sign any contracts with riders.”

He also denied long-standing rumours that Alonso’s sponsor Santander would come in as title sponsor of the new squad. “It’s better to keep the business of F1 and cycling separate,” he said.

“We’re not talking about any companies currently involved in cycling. We’re turning to companies who are interested in innovation and with an ecological soul.”

Fernando Alonso’s preliminary agreement to buy out Euskaltel-Euskadi’s WorldTour licence collapsed late last month due to fundamental differences between the Formula 1 star and the team’s management on a range of issues.

Alsonso had been hailed as the team’s saviour when it was announced that he planned to buy out its WorldTour contract from its management company Basque Pro Cycling Team, as well as taking on 14 of its riders, including Samuel Sanchez.

That preliminary agreement, announced on 2 September, reportedly envisaged Alonso paying €2 million a year for the licence for the next three seasons.

However, Basque Pro Cycling insisted that Alonso retain team staff including  management; honour contracts with bike supplier Orbea and clothing firm Bioracer; and apparently expressed a strong preference for the team to remain based in the Basque Country and not move to the Asturias region.

Instead of accepting Alonso’s rescue deal, the team instead elected to execute an "orderly shutdown" and close down at the end of the season.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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thegibdog [103 posts] 2 years ago
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“The intention is to do something new and avoid the problem of doping.”

Alberto Contador, Ivan Basso and Filippo Pozzato have all been tipped as possible members of Team Alonso
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toetruck [16 posts] 2 years ago
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“We’re not talking about any companies currently involved in cycling. We’re turning to companies who are interested in innovation and with an ecological soul.”

So cycling companies then... also wondering how anything to do with Formula 1 fits with an ecological soul ???

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jarredscycling [456 posts] 2 years ago
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I am still astounded how Euskaltel could not agree to Alonso's requests??? I mean yeah I get you like to keep managements contracts in place but now you have cost everyone their job and not just a few because you couldn't agree to accept 2 million euro a year

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Leviathan [1886 posts] 2 years ago
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toetruck wrote:

So cycling companies then... also wondering how anything to do with Formula 1 fits with an ecological soul ???

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F1 might have a carbon footprint the size of Belgium but technologies like ABS and turbo injection and now KERS do find their way into road cars. Remember your bike was not exactly eco friendly to make.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBFFrsvgu1Y

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Nick T [913 posts] 2 years ago
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Less fuel is used in a formula 1 season than in one transatlantic flight.

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mrmo [2069 posts] 2 years ago
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Nick T wrote:

Less fuel is used in a formula 1 season than in one transatlantic flight.

And how much fuel is used flying drivers and kit to Australia?

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benji p [54 posts] 2 years ago
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Nick T wrote:

Less fuel is used in a formula 1 season than in one transatlantic flight.

Each car uses less in one season than one jet does in one transatlantic flight? Wow! Where do you get these numbers? That's pretty impressive! Now let's see, one jet is carryig how many passengers in that flight?... Over how many miles? And an F1 car is carrying 1 passenger how many miles in a season? And a bicycle carries 1 rider how many miles in a season? Hmm... Would love to see the math...

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Carl [136 posts] 2 years ago
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F1 in cycling.....so a German will get ahead into the first corner and that's the race sorted.

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Leviathan [1886 posts] 2 years ago
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Want to have a bet which has the larger carbon footprint, F1 or a season of second division football including a soggy wednesday evening Plymouth away to Carlisle? It strikes me that a World cycling tour season is not greatly different from F1 with attendant entourage and fan transport. All the millions of TDF fans didn't all get to the roadside by bike. The only different is the vehicle you are watching.

Lets see how regularly eco-biketistas will trot this out as a purile criticism of Alonso's team.

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WDG [50 posts] 2 years ago
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bikeboy76 wrote:
toetruck wrote:

So cycling companies then... also wondering how anything to do with Formula 1 fits with an ecological soul ???

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F1 might have a carbon footprint the size of Belgium but technologies like ABS and turbo injection and now KERS do find their way into road cars. Remember your bike was not exactly eco friendly to make.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBFFrsvgu1Y

F1 has been carbon neutral since 1997

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J90 [314 posts] 2 years ago
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Loads, but fuck it, it's entertaining.

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badback [302 posts] 2 years ago
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As long as he doesn't get (Dr) Ferrari on board.  4

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freespirit1 [224 posts] 2 years ago
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bikeboy you won't believe this, we agree on something!!

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robthehungrymonkey [147 posts] 2 years ago
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WDG wrote:
bikeboy76 wrote:
toetruck wrote:

So cycling companies then... also wondering how anything to do with Formula 1 fits with an ecological soul ???

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F1 might have a carbon footprint the size of Belgium but technologies like ABS and turbo injection and now KERS do find their way into road cars. Remember your bike was not exactly eco friendly to make.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBFFrsvgu1Y

F1 has been carbon neutral since 1997

Beat me to it.

I'm a massive F1 and cycling fan. The reason cycling is nicer on the continent is because there isn't this bike vs car mindset you get in the UK. I walked past a garage in Italy this summer and they had hanging on the wall a stunning pair of bikes (an old colnago and pinarello) instead of the boob calendar.

F1 may not be the most fuel efficient (though, next year moving to turbos will be a big change on that front), but the engines are remarkably efficient. That efficiency (in a racing car used to get power) also help develop road cars to be more efficient and use less fuel. There's a big argument to be had that F1 is actually very beneficial to everyday life. Would we even be riding carbon bikes without it?? Huge resources go into it, and a huge number of advances are made that wouldn't be made otherwise.

I love cars, but only use mine when I need to. Bike is the way forward for small journeys in town. More people need to see it as everyday transport for it to get over this car vs bike argument that we like to have.

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Leviathan [1886 posts] 2 years ago
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freespirit1 wrote:

bikeboy you won't believe this, we agree on something!!

Nooooo. I am talking about carbon mitigation through technological development. In that sense the 'cost' of F1 is worth tolerating. There is no such thing as 'carbon neutral,' paying to sell your emissions to someone else is bollocks and everyone knows it.

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SounDaz_7 [48 posts] 2 years ago
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Why launch a team mid-way through a season?

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Dr. Ko [174 posts] 2 years ago
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Cool, their bikes will have KERS system: Charged downhill and released uphill with the Turbo button!  36 (EPO is sooo last century!) And with this system no one will care for disk breaks no more.

Most likely their bikes will be a Colnago/Ferrari collaboration, jerseys can already be found on Amazön  13

Combine this technique with Germans like Greipel, Kittel&Degenkolb and smoke the competition!

So enough gossip, I need to get back to work on my solar energy recovery system for the DI2 shifting.

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DAG on a bike [81 posts] 2 years ago
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Wants to bring F1 technology to cycling?

Will have to work hard at overcoming UCI attitudes to technological change first.

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road slapper [87 posts] 2 years ago
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SounDaz_7 wrote:

Why launch a team mid-way through a season?

He wants the team to start racing in the 2015 season. So this will be all the hype and build up.

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purplemadwoman [31 posts] 2 years ago
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toetruck - You need to check out the current KERS system and next year's engines.