Nygaard gone. Former Leopard leader exits.
The bloom is off the rose, the euro-scarf is off the designer sweater and Dane Brian Nygaard is gone.
With the strange and fast Radio Shack Leopard merger taking shape, the now former general manager is history. What do they call “walking papers” in bike racing — pedaling papers?
Johan Bruyneel is coming to Luxembourg and he doesn’t want to see any leftovers in the conference room when he sets up shop. Johan still has plenty of hair and Nygaard had to go.
In a statement released Wednesday, the team said that Nygaard “will leave the management role to the new structure of the team.”
Nobody really knows at this point how things will shake out at the new super-team as far as roles and rider contracts. Perhaps everybody but the Brothers Schleck and Fabian Cancellara are up for review, buyout or a boot to the door.
Will 39 year old Chris Horner join 39 year old Jens Voigt and start a team knitting group? Now, that would be an exciting development.
“I’m proud to have been part of building up a new team in cycling and I’m happy for the experience it has given me. I wish the project best of luck going onwards,” Nygaard said. “Personally, I would like to thank the riders and the staff for giving their best to this team.”
All rumors point to Nygaard taking up his old job and become press spokesman for the new Aussie outfit GreenEdge. But once you’ve tasted the thrills and rewards of team control, it’s hard to go back to fielding interview requests from irritating journalists.
Twisted Spoke thinks it’s only poetic justice that Nygaard rejoin is old mentor Bjarne Riis at Saxo Bank. Bald guys gotta stick together.