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Bob Stapleton open to return to cycling

By:
Daniel Benson
Published:
October 12, 2012, 21:14 BST,
Updated:
October 12, 2012, 22:10 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, October 13, 2012
HTC-Highroad owner Bob Stapleton is looking forward to Mark Cavendish taking on his former teammate next year.

HTC-Highroad owner Bob Stapleton is looking forward to Mark Cavendish taking on his former teammate next year.

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Two approaches made and open to RadioShack discussions

Bob Stapleton, the man behind Team Highroad and HTC-Highroad, has told Cyclingnews that he is open to a return to cycling. Stapleton took over control of the T-Mobile team in 2006, restructuring the squad before launching the highly successful Highroad team.

Despite continually leading the way in terms of number of wins and topping the UCI standings, the team folded at the end of 2011. Stapleton's HTC model helped form the blueprints for a number of teams, including Sky, who currently have 9 former HTC riders on their books.

However, with Friday’s announcement that Johan Bruyneel had been dismissed by RadioShack-Nissan due to his involvement in the US Postal doping scandal, rumours quickly surfaced with Stapleton pigeonholed as a possible successor.

The American confirmed that he had already been approached by two high profile teams for the 2013 season but that RadioShack had not contacted him.

“They know where I live but I’ve not heard from anybody there. I’ve been contacted by two other teams but not RadioShack,” Stapleton told Cyclingnews.

Stapleton's approach was based around complete control over team affairs but he also surrounded himself with dedicated staff such as Rolf Aldag, Allan Peiper, Brian Holm, and Valerio Piva. Stapleton's team's won over 500 races, 51 Grand Tour stages and the 2011 green jersey at the Tour de France through Mark Cavendish.

When asked if he would be open to an approach from RadioShack’s owner Flavio Becca, Stapleton added: “If the resources and motivation were there then it could make some sense."

 

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