ChrisButch wrote:pjclinch wrote:
If what is now Team Sky survive but with a sharp budget cut I think that would be a Good Thing. They can still do well with merely a good selection of good riders, rather than a suffocating selection of good riders.
Yes. On several occasions they've been fielding teams in simultaneous stage races in different countries. That must be a dispensable luxury.
I think it's a requirement of being a World Tour team to field teams in all World Tour races (maybe not ones in their first year?) and sometimes stage races overlap, so they'll have to continue doing that. They could save money by sending a short-handed skeleton team of breakaway escape artists to the less important race (I think Astana has fielded 5 riders in a 9-rider-team race in the past) and by not sending teams to as many Europe Tour races like the Tour of Britain.