According to HLN.be, Specialized owner Mike Sinyard phoned Etixx-Quick Step owner Patrick Lefevere to discuss the future of Peter Sagan

Specialized are unsurprisingly keen to keep world champion Peter Sagan on their bikes in 2017, but Etixx-Quick Step boss Patrick Lefevere insists it won’t be with his team if the Slovak’s salary demands are high.

According to HLN.be, founder of Specialized Mike Sinyard phoned Lefevere ahead of Paris-Roubaix to ask how he felt about Sagan’s future.

The Tour of Flanders winner‘s Tinkoff team will fold at the end of the season if a new sponsor is not found, after owner Oleg Tinkov announced his intentions to withdraw from the sport.

“That’s the only call I have had until now about Sagan,” Lefevere told HLN, telling Sinyard that he didn’t want to discuss the matter over the phone.

“Four million [euros] is twenty percent of the budget for my team and that for one rider…”

Sagan has also been linked with a move to Trek-Segafredo next season, who are on the search for a big name rider with Fabian Cancellara retiring at the end of the year.

  • Samuel Clemens

    Yay, we’re both right, I do love a happy ending 😉

  • Peter Kundrat

    you are right from the pure “cyclist type” POV. Weccy is right from the green jersey POV.

  • Stevo

    Are you saying all frames feel the same to you?

  • llos25

    If the frames were unsprayed I very much doubt if you tell what you were riding.

  • Samuel Clemens

    I’d call Marcel Kittel Cav’s successor, not Peter Sagan. Not to take anything away from PS (how could you) but Kittel is a pure sprinter, PS is not.

  • Stevo

    Good. With a bit of luck they’ll be riding decent bikes next year then.

  • RichLove

    Yeah probably a good strategy rather than have eggs in one basket. Mind you they’d probably attract big names

  • blemcooper

    Now that I think about it, we might even count Lampre-Merida as being in the Specialized family since Merida owns 49% of Specialized.

    My guess is that they are hedging a bit by spreading their name across three teams on different places on the focus spectrum from one-day classics on one end to stage racing GC on the other with TInkoff straddling both ends.

    Perhaps with Tinkoff disappearing at the end of the year, they might be able to deal with being the naming sponsor for a mostly classics team while still supporting a mostly GC team like Astana (though they have won a few classics and even monuments).

  • RichLove

    Wonder why Spec haven’t gone down their own team route and followed in the footsteps of Giant, Trek etc

  • blemcooper

    With Specialized currently sponsoring three Men’s World Tour teams, taking over one of them could be a bit awkward for their other relationships (assuming they want to continue those). They’ve already done individual sponsorships with star riders in the past, e.g. Contador and Cavendish, so doing another one for Sagan wouldn’t be too awkward.

  • Steven Nicholson

    or take over from Tinkoff as a team sponsor (I’m sure they can easily afford to sponsor a WT team) and avoid any chance of their nightmare scenario happening, Sagan riding for Trek.

    If Specialized started contributing towards Sagan’s wages if he were to join Etixx I’m sure we’d never hear the end of it from other teams because Etixx already have 1 of the biggest budgets, they shouldn’t need a third party (even though it is the company that supplies their bikes) gifting them a star rider and then paying a big chunk of his salary.

  • J1

    Etixx might not be riding Specialized next season if Paddy has pissed the boss off.

  • blemcooper

    I don’t see the problem. If Specialized wants him on their bikes that badly, they can simply pay the difference between Sagan’s asking price and Lefevere’s budget limitation. Easy. 🙂