Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by walker, 18 Feb 2008.
Who has taken over Disco's Pro Licence?
With no sponsor I believe that the Discovery Team as it was known simply disbanded and no licence was issued for 2008.
UCI are only listing 18 Pro Tour Teams on their site.
I don't think anyone has taken over the licence. Possibly because normally when a sponsor pulls out the management have/ start looking for a new sponsor. In Disco's case the sporting management obviously jumped ship to Astana so there seemed little point in hunting down a sponsor when the main draw (big name DS and all his main riders) had gone elsewhere.
The way they rolled over and gave up in trying to find a sponsor was suprising to me, perhaps Tailwind will return in the future but who knows!!!!!!!!!!!
'rolled over' ?? Hardly.
They put in a huge amount of effort, lots of meetings and presentations, lots of airmiles around the globe, even took a team to Qinghai Lakes, but despite everything they still couldn't find a sponsor.
It was widely reported that they wanted a huge amount of money ($15M over 3 years IIRC) and the sort of sponsor willing to put that in was put-off by cycling's drug-associated bad PR, particularly with a team which was making very little anti-drugs effort.
Bruyneel came-out with some face-saving tripe about not wanting to continue, it being time to bow-out of cycling, then the next thing we know he's popped-up at Astana !
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