“The answer to the above questioning headline would seem to be $400,000. If Jonathan Vaughters is to be believed after news that Garmin-Cervélo’s women’s team was in financial difficulty and at risk of disbandment.”—
Very interesting - I’ve heard all kinds of anecdotal evidence about how relatively little it costs to run a women’s team - and suggestions that Garmin spend more on the hospitality budget for their men’s team than their entire women’s team budget added together….
I’m furious about this whole situation - about the fact the women were given 2-year contracts, and now are screwed over (because on a team of only 10 riders, if they lose a couple, they can’t ride well at all - and if it’s true they’ll keep paying the riders, but not send them to races, that’s a horrible situation, in Olympic year) and because if the riders had known about this even a month ago, they could have sorted out teams for 2012. But also because Garmin have carried on spending big money - the Boulder men’s team presentation, as just 1 example, and signing the likes of Dekker, of all people - while they’re cutting back the women’s team to non-existence.
I don’t know why I’m surprised. It was pointed out to me that I predicted this scenario ages ago, so I’m beyond gutted that it’s panned out this way. Fuck Garmin, I can’t believe they’re doing this.
The future of the women’s Garmin-Cervélo team appears to be in doubt as reports in the Dutch media indicate that its budget has been severely cut. The team which numbered ten riders in 2011, including former World time trial champion Emma Pooley, Italian champion Noemi Cantele and British champion Lizzie Armitstead, is part of the same organisation as the men’s WorldTour team but it seems that there is no longer the budget to run both teams at the current level.
VeloNation contacted Pooley for comment on the rumours, but the British Olympic time trial silver medallist – who will be aiming for gold in her capital London next summer – appears to be in the dark as to what is going on.
“So far as I know, nothing has been confirmed, on or off the record,” she told us. “I don’t think it’s unrest in the women’s team so much as the management expressing doubts (at this point in the year, this close to the UCI deadline for registration!) as to whether they’ll support the team next year with enough money to go to races.
“I hope it’s just rumours and that Slipstream comes out and supports the women’s team fully, otherwise they’ve put us in a very poor situation really.”
There were indications this month that the women’s budget would be tight since none of them were flown in to the team’s gala presentation in Boulder, Colorado. This afternoon wielerrevue.nl has reported that the team’s budget has been slashed in half, and that riders had been advised that they could seek contracts elsewhere.
Bloody hell. This is dreadful news, especially going into the Olympic year. It’s a disgrace that the team can sign new riders like Dekker (of all people!!) and then cut the women’s team to pieces. They spend more on hospitality for the men’s side than they do on the women’s team as it is!!!