Yesterday we were shocked when news broke of Simon Gerrans' omission from the Cervelo team at the Tour de France.
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7 Apr 2015 - 11:32 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2015 - 3:36 PM

Yesterday we were shocked when news broke of Simon Gerrans' omission from the Cervelo team at the Tour de France.

Today,
after seeing the final selections, I'm downright angry that one of
Australia's finest cyclists has been denied the opportunity to race
again.

Here is the final selection for Cervelo TT: Iñigo Cuesta López, Volodymir Gustov, Heinrich Haussler, Thor Hushovd, Andreas Klier, Brett Lancaster, José Angel Gomez Marchante, Hayden Roulston and Carlos Sastre.

According to the Ride Tour Guide, Marchante has had two Tour starts, DNF'ing in 06 and 08 and wasn't there in 07. Klier has had one Tour start, while Gustov's best performance was in 2002.

In addition to being the oldest rider in the Tour de France, Cuesta (40), didn't start
06 or 08 and finished 51st in 07.

The speedy Kiwi Roulston has never raced the Tour and Lancaster DNF'ed in 07, finishing 08 in 127th place.

And while I'm happy to see Brett Lancaster get a start - Gerrans, a proven Grand Tour finisher and stage winner sits on the reserves benches?

I'm led to believe there is plenty of unrest within the ranks and some disgruntled riders who want out - if only they could.

After
speaking to several people who have worked with or are linked directly
and indirectly with Cervelo, I'm convinced the team's management leaves a lot to be desired.

Gerrans' omission is the latest in a line of some dodgy decisions made by Cervelo's boss Thomas Campagna.

The
first goes back to the beginning of the year - remember when former
Aussie rider Scott Sunderland (without notice) walked out just months
after arriving with a big fanfare?

He was hired to lure big-name riders to the fledgling squad only to leave fuelled with frustration.

More
recently, some of the tactical decisions made at the Giro d'Italia had
people scratching their heads, especially when Belgian Serge Pauwels
was called back to the peloton when poised to possibly win the stage.

To
add insult to injury, this week Gerrans attended a team time trial
training camp in the belief it was the squad that would ultimately be
selected to start in Monaco next week.

I'm told Gerro's teammates were all shocked when learning they won't be riding alongside their friend and partner at the Tour.

Some
have suggested Carlos Sastre was also an influence for his being
dropped and there's no truth to the rumour that Gerrans was in deep
discussions with Armstrong during a recent altitude camp in Colorado.

I
sincerely
believe harmony still rules among the riders but making such a decision
does nothing for team morale days before the start of the Tour.

Cervelo winning a stage or coming close to topping one of the Classifications will come as a huge surprise.

Will
Thor Hushovd be in a frame of mind where he'll now be able to challenge
Mark Cavendish when the whips are cracking in the sprints?

Who will be in the mood to help Sastre for the climbs through the Pyrenees, Alps and Mont Ventoux?

The Tour de France is a three week marathon where complete focus and professionalism is required in order to gain success.

Gerrans'
omission may be seen as the final nail in a coffin for a team which,
despite strong performances on the road, has been festering internally
for several months.