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Samuel Sánchez: I’ve got no offers

Peter Cossins
November 15, 2013, 12:32,
November 15, 2013, 12:37
First Edition Cycling News, Friday, November 15, 2013
Spain's Samuel Sanchez in relaxed mood at the 2012 Tour de France

Spain's Samuel Sanchez in relaxed mood at the 2012 Tour de France

  • Spain's Samuel Sanchez in relaxed mood at the 2012 Tour de France
  • Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel - Euskadi)
  • Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) in time trial mode

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“At the moment I’m an Euskaltel rider for the next two seasons”

Samuel Sánchez has confirmed that he does not yet have a deal in place for next season. Despite recent reports linking the Spaniard to UnitedHealthcare and the new Wanty team in Belgium, the Euskaltel rider has told, “I’ve got no offers, I’ve had no conversations with any team.”

The 2008 Olympic road race champion remains the most high-profile name in the peloton still without a berth for next season. Describing himself as “sad and disappointed”, Sánchez says he believes that he has the legs and motivation to compete at the top level until at least the end of 2015, which is when his current contract with Euskaltel runs out. The Basque team has already announced it will fold at the year’s end.

He explained his situation as it now stands. “I am an Euskaltel rider for the next two seasons, until they tell me otherwise. I’ve got no offers, I’ve had no conversations with any team. I would like to keep racing, but that’s not the reality,” said Sánchez.

“I want to keep racing, the contract I signed with Euskaltel through to 2015 demonstrates that. I will be a professional up to that point, unless they rescind my contract at the end of the year or my future has not been resolved in any other way. If that turns out to be case, I will no longer be a professional.”

Sánchez expressed his disappointment with the way the closure of the Euskaltel has been handled. “I’ve found myself in a situation that neither I nor anybody else on the team imagined at the start of the year when a well-backed four-year project was laid out. I’m in a situation that I wouldn’t have chosen to be in, finding myself unable to keep racing in the professional peloton over the next few years as the result of bad management or a decision that we don’t really understand. It’s a shame because this was more than a team, it was a family, at least it was for me as I’ve been part of it for 14 years.”

He added: “Euskaltel should have let us know earlier that the team’s future was in the balance… Then we would have had the chance to decide whether to look for a new team and would have a lot more room for manoeuvre, which wasn’t the case at the end of September.”

He explained how his position had also by compromised by Fernando Alonso’s failed bid to take over the Euskaltel team at the tail-end of this summer. “When it was announced that Fernando was going to buy the team everyone believed the team had been saved. At the same time, other teams filled their rosters and then there was no room left for us. Lots of people have said to me that if they had known before… I am one of the cyclists who is going to end up unemployed because of the lack of work, just like many other colleagues and the rest of this country.”

Sánchez said he will not yet think about the possibility of Alonso’s team, which is due for launch in 2015. “That’s a long way off. First we have to get through the rest of 2013 and then all of 2014… I prefer to focus on now and 2014 and not consider things further down the road.”


Evan Shaw More than 1 year ago
yet another rider with a past of less than honest riding now facing the ax. It is not all the rider's fault but as on Wall St. they expect zero accountability. Cheat, get caught later, pretend I am sorry, Keep the loot. Nice racket.
Txapeldun More than 1 year ago
Samuel Sanchez? I think you mean Luis Leon. Samu has had a spotless record throughout his career. (Of course that doesn't mean anything) but for a Spaniard to have a rumour-free career...that's pretty amazing.
Chromking More than 1 year ago
Wow.. what a petty comment, Evan.
Mascalzone More than 1 year ago
In my professional opinion, I'm guessing Evan is venting some personal frustration, perhaps regarding his own performance on a bike. I know our sport is not exactly clean but neither is any other (football is just about who can dive the best and cricket is about who can throw the ball at the batsman hardest - neither is exactly "in the spirit of sport") but why do we always have to be the first to attack out sport. The media just feed of our own frenzy. Anyone with half a brain knew Armstrong was doping, he practically admitted it himself in an interview in 1996, Santambrogio was a dead cert by his meteoric improvement and, even though it pains me to say it, it was obvious that Pantani doped. Nobody has said a word about Sammy Sanchez, not even in passing. I know; here's a good idea, lets take a rider that's not really under any suspicion and lay into him for doping; you are just doing the tat-media's job for them and fueling their demolition of our sport - Evan, no sport, especially cycling, needs people like you.
Luke Morris More than 1 year ago
This is terrible really. A fantastic and loyal rider who can still do a big job for a team (see the Vuelta where he finished highly even after a terrible day early on). You'd think SOMEONE would offer him something as right now surely he wouldn't be fussy. The man wants to ride. You'd get him cheap, he'd bring points and coverage to a smaller team.
Gustavo Medina More than 1 year ago
since my comment is awaiting moderation...ive heard in velonation dot com that team colombia is interested..... (if i was posting how much money you could be making with a bunch of links, then of course that comment would have been quickly approved....sigh)
velogeek More than 1 year ago
If it says your comment is "waiting moderation" it is never going to appear. It's a purely mechanical operation.
red_flanders More than 1 year ago
Seems like the easiest way to beat the spammers would be to disallow links.
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
If this happens to you again try a different set of words. Something that you can't imagine is rude has been picked up in the software. Without the quotes, I have had difficulty with "opportunity" so it does not have to be a naughty word.
Martijn Perquin More than 1 year ago
rhymes with nudity....