Strategy, on 21 June 2011 - 01:13 PM, said:
According to Saxobank, the new contract (which is a 1 year extension), is bigger than the 2011 contract. Both Riis and Saxobank have opened up for the possibility of an extension beyond 2012 (no doubt the resolution of the Contador case and what Contador choses to do after 2012 will have an impact).
That first sentence that the contract will be bigger (and the timing - couldn't they wait another 6 weeks for CAS's decision) are the two most intriguing factors to me.
The decision to commit with more capital and to do it now are as clear signals of optimism with respect to Contador's case as any business decision can convey.
In a nutshell, Saxobank is saying, "based on our review of all up-to-date legal and sporting factors, we believe you will be acquitted and we have made room for your huge salary till your current
contract expires. Plus, we may be open for further sponsorship"
At least, that's my reading..Strat, have you seen other interpretations of the reason for why Saxobank decided not to wait several more weeks?