Sunday, August 17, 2008

Haimar leaves team for Astana

An already sad, sad season took another turn for the worse with the announcement that Haimar is leaving the team in order to join Astana. The news was just published on Astana's homepage. More later...

8 comments:

Monika said...

I can't believe it... What a s***

mr60% said...

IS this a joke?
What an a$$.
Of all the teams to join!?!?!?!?!
F&%^ Astana.

Laiseka said...

It's a sad day but without Haimar there will be more money for the team. Now I think that Euskaltel must have a big objetive: David HErrero.

Anonymous said...

What was the reason for letting Herrero go in the first place?

Bruyneels comment on Haimar: "He's a good time-trialist, can climb very well and will be an excellent all-around team-mate in the Grand Tours." Great, Haimar. Now you'll be a fine helper.

Magnus said...

Yeah, this really doesn't make sense does it? Except for the fact that he'll no doubt earn a lot more money with the dubious Astana team. At Euskaltel he had a role as a leader. This is a big step backwards in his career I reckon. But money counts more it seems... Totally agree with you Laiseka, Herrero must rejoin. But, even though he's publically stated he would relish a move to Euskaltel, it's never going to happen sadly. Contract prolongation talks stalled, I think, over disagreements over the "new rules" within the team, just like with Iban. These new rules seem to be awfully strict, so well done Euskaltel in losing your team's best ever rider and your most talented one. The rules have nothign to do with doping, so that's not the case.

Anonymous said...

astana a symbol of capitalism and imperialism!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but what were these "rules"?

Bolsen3 said...

From an objective stand it seems obvious that these "rules" has something to do with doping, or at least rules that will make it A LOT harder to dope. But since you (Magnus) are so sure that it has nothing to do with it, I would like to know what the rules are all about. ..

 

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