Originally Posted by HoneyBunz
Has any rider ever signed a contract and not announced the deal immediately?
What reasons could one have to keep it on the down low?
Happens all the time. Signing the rider is step one, then all of the sponsors on both sides of the deal have to be straightened out, and once that's agreed, the announcement can be made. If a big sponsor of the team the rider is leaving has a massive PR event scheduled for the day after the contracts are signed, they don't want all the talk to be of how the rider who has shown up to promote them is about to go elsewhere.