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Caja Rural-Seguros RGA deny interest in signing Horner

By:
Alasdair Fotheringham
Published:
January 13, 14:39,
Updated:
January 13, 15:16
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, January 13, 2014
Chris Horner drops Vincenzo Nibali on the Alto de l'Angliru

Chris Horner drops Vincenzo Nibali on the Alto de l'Angliru

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Vuelta winner still without team for 2014

Spanish team Caja Rural-Seguros RGA have denied they are interested in signing Chris Horner for the 2014 season, announcing: “our team roster for 2014 is complete.”

The 42-year-old Horner became the first American to the win the Vuelta a España when he landed a surprise victory over Vincenzo Nibali last September. After riding for RadioShack since 2010, Horner was unable to agree terms with the revamped Trek Factory Racing squad for 2014 and is still without a team for the new season.

On Monday, Spanish website Ciclo 21 reported that Horner was in talks with Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, but the Pro Continental outfit has dismissed the rumour.

“We have not been in contact with either him or his management,” a Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team source told Cyclingnews on Monday. “We don’t know where this story about us trying to sign him has come from, but it’s certainly not from us. It’s not true, anyway.”

Horner’s team for 2014 remains a mystery, with an offer reportedly coming through for the Vuelta 2013 winner from Danish Continental outfit Christina Watches. Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, however, insist that cycling’s oldest ever Grand Tour winner will not be riding with them.

In any case, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA were already celebrating their first win of 2014 on Monday, thanks to their big signing for the new season, as Luis León Sanchez claimed victory in the opening stage of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo in Gabon.
 

everydayfatrider 8 months ago
I wonder if at some point Chris will give up on his salary demands and basically ride for free somewhere just so he can show up and the Vuelta, have a good showing and be able to say "told you so, b1tches" on his way to retirement?
go crazy 8 months ago
First ever "Unattached" rider to win a GT!!! LOL greatest day ever if that happened!
PCM Geek 8 months ago
Maybe it should happen, but then the same thing that happened to Cadel in the Aussie NC would happen to Chris, no matter how strong he was....
PCM Geek 8 months ago
I think he has given up any and all salary demands from these teams. In case you haven't read the article, he supposedly has his own personal sponsor that will pay him a salary, not the team. At least thats what CN has been reporting about Horners (supposed) negotiations with Christina Watches. Maybe this only pertains to Christina Watches but if he can do this with other teams then maybe he can get on a WT or pro conti team and be able to ride the Vuelta again this year. It would be a win - win situation for both the team and Horner because the pro conti team would pretty much be assured of an invite to the Vuelta and Horner would get to defend his 2013 title. I hope things work out for him but it really is getting late and is beginning to look like Chris will be heading off to retirement..
everydayfatrider 8 months ago
I did indeed post before I read the Christina Watches article. It doesn't make much sense to me for him to ride for a team where he has no shot at defending the Vuelta. What would be the point, besides the paycheck (not an insubstantial point I understand).
hillwillie 8 months ago
He should just race in the U.S. where he would have many fans and dominate, enjoy life, be the man, etc.
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Chromking 8 months ago
If he signs Caja Rural, he could ride BOTH the Giro (if given a wild card) and the Vuelta. He actually planned to win both of them in a row in 2014. I actually think it is possible. My guess is that he is the third strongest climber, right now. In his Vuelta form, he could even give Quintana and Froome some major problems.
sbroaddus 8 months ago
well said, there are far too many people (including management honchos on world tour teams) that just don't appreciate how good the old man is - even though he spent 3 weeks showing everyone last fall in Spain. Lefevere ought to step out of the shadows, show the other teams how to properly respect a grand tour champion, and sign him up to ride GC alongside Uran.
bianchi1885 8 months ago
The good news is that the Vuelta is a ways away. Knowing Horner's prior prep race schedule, ideally he should be under contract by mid-March when Tirreno Adriatico begins. So no need to hit the panic button just yet.
sixdayglory 8 months ago
I sure hope he has the coolest wife ever. If not, his mental state will preclude any serious training. Imagine doing 900 watt intervals and dwelling on the home hassles about income and future security during the rest periods. It could get dicey if he doesn't sign soon... GO CHRIS!!!!!
antmills 8 months ago
... I supose one should admire the "loyalty" shown by some posters. But it does rather appear as if these fans are unable to smell the coffee!
Erik Gruenwedel 7 months ago
Glad to see Horner dumped his agent. Something went terribly wrong when it came to assessing Horner's employment opportunities. No doubt Horner is a major talent — even at 42. But to walk away from Trek was foolish. His agent should have known that.