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Report: Becca to sell WorldTour licence to Trek, release Fränk Schleck

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June 5, 2013, 07:27,
June 5, 2013, 11:38
Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Fabian Cancellara cruised to victory in Flanders

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Team said to be built around Cancellara for 2014

Flavio Becca is set to sell his WorldTour licence to Trek, who will create a new team structure for 2014 that is expected to be built around Fabian Cancellara and Andy Schleck, according to Luxembourg newspaper Tageblatt. The newspaper suggests that Becca will cancel Fränk Schleck's contract due to his positive anti-doping test for Xipamide during last year's Tour de France and that the future of the Leopard Trek development team is uncertain.

Becca did not reply to calls from Cyclingnews and has so far refused to discuss his plans for the team.

Cyclingnews reported at the end of the Giro d'Italia that negotiations with Becca to take over the team were underway. RadioShack announced earlier that it would end its sponsorship at the end of this season. Luca Guercilena replaced Johan Bruyneel as team manager after the Belgian's close links with Lance Armstrong were revealed in detail by the USADA doping investigation.

Trek has a contract with the team for 2014 but would need to secure Becca's WorldTour licence if it wants any current contracts with riders to be valid. 

Cancellara's contract expires at the end of this year, but Tageblatt claims that he would stay with the team. Trek is said to have promised to build the team around him for the Classics. Andy Schleck is assured a place in the team because his contract runs through 2014, but things look difficult for his older brother Fränk. The newspaper said that he would not be on the team next year, and it is possible that Becca could fire him when he returns from his ban, if not before.

FabiquesAnquetillara More than 1 year ago
mixed messages here for me. I do not really get that. Why to fire Frank now? Why not after positive? Why to wait (and pay him) while he is under ban and fire him after? Does not make any sense to me. Building team around Cancellara for classics makes sense. He proved he is not "too old" yet very well this year. With Andy? I do not know. If I were Becca I would wait after TdF to see if there is anything left in Andy, any potential. So far, does not look like it.
Dr_Stav More than 1 year ago
Makes sense. Freeing up space on their roster allows room for a GC contender. If Sky implode this season, then maybe Froome will be available, and Uran is clearly going to move. The up and coming GC riders are likely to cope better than Andy, so keeping a core classics team and an open Tour team is a wise move. Releasing Frank will also be a PR thing; "We are Trek, as used by Lance, but we won't support dopers any more" will be their clear message.
blemcooper More than 1 year ago
My guess is that Becca wanted to keep F. Schleck, but as a condition of sale of the World Tour license, Trek wanted him gone.
Evan Shaw More than 1 year ago
Trek is Drek. Shame on them. Belly up to the bar for your flagrant gravy train exploitation of Armstrong's fraud show and for throwing Lemond under the bus along with Betsy Andraeu, Emma O' Reilly,and Walsh. Now you have waited and seek to profit with no apologies, no contrition. Time for ALL parties to own up no more shirking blaming etc. All are guilty. For unity and leaning forward to occur no more hiding exploiting and pretending.
Chris Jasmer More than 1 year ago
I expected no less of a response from such an insider as you, now the circle(jerk) response team will only be completed when your buddy Thom Knox chimes in his two cents. Wait for it.. I love how you seem to think you have factual knowledge of everything that goes on in pro cycling, as if you were a fly on the wall during all team dinners and massage sessions.
dingophoto More than 1 year ago
Does this mean that you don't fully support our self important, semi delusional, arbiters of all things cycling?
Chris Jasmer More than 1 year ago
Of course I do! I'm just tired of the cycling Nostradamus. Blah blah blah blah....
dingophoto More than 1 year ago
Waaaaaaay more blahs than that.
arodz66 More than 1 year ago
Good God. You again? We heard you the first time on Velo. I thought we'd be free of your hatred here.
dingophoto More than 1 year ago
Evan Shaw and Thomass Knox are everywhere. Equal opportunity annoyance.
lastplacerider More than 1 year ago
Don't follow their team that closely but looks like they have 6 or 7 good GC guys but need an elite GC man, like A Schleck used to be. Nizzolo is good and getting better as a sprinter. Several good TTer's and how could you not like Jens Voigt. Cancellara is key as a classics man but may be slipping as a TTer. I like Gallopin. He shows up in the top 15 occassionally in TT's and in classic/small mountain stages and also a good support rider. Hope they re-brand themselves and get some success.
Lucifa More than 1 year ago
Get rid of the cycling dope cheat Frank. Good call.
Ken Bellone More than 1 year ago
You can all hate on me if you like. Very few riders have a clean history amongst the top level riders. I cannot fathom Frank being dirty and Andy clean. Look at CSC's history, amongst others. I've been a fan since the late 80's and the same old song keeps being played: "we're cleaning up the sport". Bulls**t. Riders just find better and newer ways of hiding it. It's not to say I don't love cycling. It's the hardest and best sport there is, but I love it warts and all. I don't delude myself into thinking "so and so" is clean, because in the end, even the guys you would bet the farm on being clean are not. I would never go out on a limb and say anyone is clean, been disappointed way too many times.