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9/18/2012 6:38 AM

Just like clockwork, as soon as 2012 World Champs were over, the infamous @teamrumours twitter account was back in action. If you're not familiar, whoever it is takes a creative approach to spreading World Cup news - they put all of the rumors into cartoon form. This leaves a lot of room for interpretation, but if you guys think about it you'll likely be able to pick out the players and determine the scenario in each scene.

I'll try to repost the cartoons here from time to time since not everyone is on twitter.



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9/18/2012 7:17 AM

I'm gonna guess and say it's all the people looking for new rides next year!

Sam Hill, Brook, Needles(?) not sure on the others! World Champs jersey could be Morganne Charre, George Brannigan?

Who knows. This off season is gonna be fun.
Who's gonna take Leovs place? Any guesses?

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9/18/2012 7:30 AM

Sam Hill, Brook Macdonald, Needles, Peaty?, ____, Nick Beer, _____, Stevie Smith, Danny Hart, Brannigan.

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9/18/2012 7:46 AM

Troy Brosnan is the Trojan Horse

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9/18/2012 7:48 AM

Hill, Macdonald, Neethling, Peaty, Bryceland, Beer, Brosnan, Smith?, Charre/Minnaar?, Brannigan.

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9/18/2012 8:00 AM

I would say it's not necessarily those looking for new teams, but these are the top dogs that everyone else on the circuit is poised to take down. aka: "Wanted".

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9/18/2012 9:12 AM

The world champ Hersey is minaar not Danny hart. Jesus, Danny is no longer the champ, not to mention the rest of the syndicate is up there. This has to be people on the line for new sponsors

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9/18/2012 9:17 AM

I have a feeling the horse is Columbian pinner Marcelo Gutierrez. He's due for a move onto a big team!

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9/18/2012 9:20 AM

does "wanted" means contracts are up?

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9/18/2012 9:41 AM

Hill, Macdonald, Neethling, Peaty, Bryceland, Beer, Cole his nickname is horse, Smith, Minnaar, Brannigan?

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9/18/2012 9:44 AM
nzsnowboarder wrote:

Hill, Macdonald, ...more

i like this list.

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9/18/2012 10:24 AM

the little bird is a kiwi... blenki

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9/18/2012 11:35 AM

I would say Hill, Macdonald, Needles, Peaty, Bryceland, Beer, Brosnan, Smith, Morgane Charre and Brannigan.
But I really don't see Hill or Brosnan changing teams.
My bet would be Brook going to Trek, or maybe Richie Rude, who knows.

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9/18/2012 12:52 PM

Hit list of free agents?

Me thinks the rainbow jersey is for Loic Bruni though

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9/18/2012 1:44 PM

New Daddy = Hill, Bulldog = Macdonald, sewing = Neethling, rat creature= Brycland, beer= Nick Beer, Trojan horse = Brosnan (troy) , WC jersey + No. 2 = Minnaar. Walker and cowboy - no idea.

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9/18/2012 2:04 PM

Brook, Charre, Bruni, Beer and Brannigan will almost surely bump up to something more lucrative. Stevie is a tough call, I assume he's well-taken care of and he's having great success on the Wilson. I'd be surprised if any of the factory boys jumped ship, seems like it'd take a large sum of money to pull any of the Syndicate, Specialized or Giant riders away. If you're trying to fill a spot usually you're looking for up-and-coming talent that won't cost as much but could grow into a good investment.

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9/18/2012 2:25 PM
Adam_Schaeffer wrote:

Brook, Charre, Bruni, Beer ...more

Exactly what I think, I would add the Yeti boys, Elliot Jackson and mainly Richie Rude..

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9/18/2012 7:00 PM

Ropelato will get a full WC ride, Bernard Kerr will as well.

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9/18/2012 9:44 PM

i reckon Connor Fearon (AUS) will get a few new offers

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9/19/2012 9:29 AM
nzsnowboarder wrote:

Hill, Macdonald, ...more

This is the list and it is the people who Trek are looking at to fill leovs spot.

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9/20/2012 7:37 AM

i talked to stevie smith and syndicate guys at interbike they all said NEXT is throwing out some big numbers to try to get them onboard like mid to high 6 figure stuff makes sense given the volume of products they must move

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9/20/2012 10:00 AM

if smith went to trek, then trek would have a super solid team, but i dont think he would leave devinci.

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9/20/2012 10:12 AM

Not too long ago, I remember The Great Internet Rumor Orifice hawking and thewing forth that Brook McDonald was signing with TWR. Hasn't he recently signed with Martin Whiteley also?

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9/20/2012 5:03 PM

I wonder if Trek will try and steal Mitch Ropelato since he is a big specialized guy, can't wait to see some of these rumors confirmed....

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Big Bird
9/28/2012 8:11 AM

Hey Team Rumors. Where's the next one? Is there a lack of intrigue in the world or are you just too busy at your day job to doodle? Last year was great with seemingly a new rumor every day, or at least every week. I'm chomping at the bit here. Feed me.

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9/28/2012 10:33 PM

Mick Hannah was riding Whistler the other day, and I'm pretty sure he wasn't on a Morewood...

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10/24/2012 1:14 AM

Bruni for another 2 years on Lapierre: "LAPIERRE TEAM FOR THE 2 NEXT SEASONS, HAPPY"

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