My take was that he will ride Specialized and he'll do it on Sky. The good thing is the October 30th deadline is rapidly approaching and we'll know soon where he's headed.
--Speaking of Specialized, it has stepped in to save the HTC women's team. What this really means is that Specialized founder Sinyard reached deeper into his bank account as one of the sports biggest patrons.
As we've seen from HTC's demise, cycling sponsorship rarely backs out (if ever??) so those who continue to support it are really to be commended. Cycling, like art, would not survive without it's patrons.
--One of the people crunched in the yet to be decided LeopardTrekRadioShackNissan
I rode with Kim in the team carat Paris-Nice. He's a good guy.
--Before worlds Freire said if he didn't win he'd retire. I thought that a pretty bold statement but after worlds I was expecting him to announce his retirement. Au contraire, he still wants to race. Rabobank says they have no offer for the three time world champ. Oscar says it was a "misunderstanding"--I can see why Rabobank "misunderstood." They thought Oscar was being literal...
--Chris Horner is staying with LeopardTrekRadioShackNissan
--In other transfer news, Danny Pate is headed to Team Sky.
--Universal Sports is about to get kicked off a few cable and satellite networks. They've got a petition up if you don't want to see them go. I've purchased a few cycling packages from them and they--unlike the crooks at Cycling.tv--have always done me right.
--SportsBasementOnline has gone belly up. Looks like they've taken with them thousands in fees that were supposed to go to race organizers. Ouch.