Running a successful team is about selling advertising space. The only event that penetrate an audience outside the world of true cycling fans (which is limited either geographically or numerically) is the Tour de France. This is the event that reaches markets completely untouched by the Vuelta, Worlds, Paris Nice, etc, etc... Therefore it's the key component of any sponsorship pitch for a top team.However as far as I know there are no question marks over any of the riders
Smoke and Mirrors. There was never any serious suggestion about national teams. No one took it seriously as the biggest problem was with, what was effectively, the Kazak National Team!However I think that one of the biggest things, or maybe the last straw, for Tailwind, was the very heavy suggestion that the TdF would revert back to national teams and not trade teams.