Time is ticking out for Gianetti
With three more days to the final UCI deadline this Friday, the options Mauro Gianetti has to save Geox-TMC are fading fast.
Biggest hope for the Swiss teammanager still seems to be Venezuela. Danish blogger Mikkel Condé called Gianetti today to ask how he was doing in securing the team’s future.
The situation isn’t easy. Right now we are still waiting for a decision from the Venezuelan government. It’s a big, long term project and of course you can’t just rush to a decision, I understand that. I’m in touch with them every day though, but I don’t think it will be possible to continue on the level we would like to next year. Maybe we can make a deal for 2012 to carry on with a smaller budget, but I don’t know. To be honest it’s very complicated right now.
Meanwhile the rumours regarding the future of JuanJo Cobo, winner of this year’s Vuelta, are spreading. Weeks ago Vacansoleil-DCM already denied they would take on the Spanish rider. My guess is Cobo wants to stay with a Spanish team. Euskaltel is a no-go since he is from Cantabria and not from the Basque Country. That could mean either Caja Rural (a procontinental team) or Team Movistar. I think the latter is the more logical choice since Cobo himself wants to compete in the Tour de France.