AC/DC got it right; “Come on, come on, listen to the money talking.”

It looks like VeloVeritas’ hot tip on ‘Bert bolts to Garmin; Brad flies to Sky,’ has unwound.

Sky’s ‘capo,’ Rupert Murdoch has deep pockets, but at some stage he has to say- and following on from the musical intro – just like Donna and Babs did; “enough is enough, is enough!”

La Gazzetta dello Sport headlines today, 10th November; “Contad(oro) venti milioni per 4 anni!”

Yes, Bert is on five million euros for four years with our chums from Kazakhstan.

Rupert Murdoch may have a media empire that Citizen Kane could only have dreamed about; but he’s not sitting on top of a fair chunk of the world’s fossil fuel reserves.

Whilst boys like me get all excited about the deal, what’s Bert doing ?

He’s swimming in Curacao – I like the man’s style!

Bert looks none too happy with the attentions of the dolphin! Tom doesn't appear to mind though.
Bert looks none too happy with the attentions of the dolphin! Tom doesn't appear to mind though.

The Gazzetta also tells us – really or guestimation – what the other main men are paid (in euros; more-or-less the same as Sterling).

  • Lance: 10 million (including endorsements)
  • Valverde: 2.3 million (but he can’t spend any of that in Italy, still)
  • Gilbert: 2 million
  • Evans: 1.7 million
  • Pozzato: 1 milione
  • Cunego: 800,000
Ercole Baldini.
Ercole Baldini.

The last I heard, Boonen was on seven figures, and so is Cav. [If you bump into me, ask me about Cav’s 800 grand barn conversion in the Isle of Man. Just that we’re a tad jumpy about those defamation laws, here at VR!]

It’s all a long way from the :£10,000/annum which Gregor was talking about recently as a realistic minimum wage for a British pro.

Interestingly, they reckon that Ercole Baldini was being paid more that Eddy Merckx was, a decade before the Belgian re-wrote the record books.

Oh, and the Gazzetta adds that Bert’s horoscope is good – “the stars are aligned and sex will be good!”

That man has it all!

Ciao, ciao.