It’s time to play pro cycling shuffle
Who got hired, who got fired, and who is out of luck.
to that youth equation is the retirement of Christian Vande Velde. The 2012 US Pro Challenge champion has had a career riddled with injuries and it makes sense to call it a day.
It’s being reported that David Zabriskie is contemplating retirement. He’s had some bad luck with injuries and might lack the motivation for one more European campaign. Personally, I don’t want to see his career fizzle out quietly like an unexploded firework. Instead I’d like to see him return for one more year and do well in a Grand Tour time trial. The reality is that may not be possible. Injuries and the toll of admitting to doping might weigh too heavily on him. Unlike many other pros, he seems to have thought about a post-pro life and his DZ chamois cream is a popular seller. Sure, ass cream isn’t going to keep you rich, but he could segue that into other product lines, followed up with personal appearances. Lube away.
One of the longest running teams in the European peloton was Euskaltel-Euskadi. The Basque-based team for years only hired riders who were from that area. This year they allowed foreign riders onto the roster to ensure they had enough WorldTour points. However, austerity measures in Spain have forced the team to fold at the end of the 2013 season. The team was jokingly called the Bleeding Carrots because whenever there was a crash, an Euskaltel-Euskadi rider seemed to be at the bottom of the pile. Regardless, they’ve accumulated their share of wins and will be missed.
In a week or so all the team’s rosters will be nailed down and we start the countdown to the Tour Down Under 2014.