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by Mark Zalewski
December 13, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: British Cycling funding cut by £4 million; Stig Broeckx continues to make small improvements; Team Smartstop riders finally to get 2015 wages; Niels Albert worries two-man race not exciting enough for spectators; Viacheslav Ekimov nominated for president of Russian Cycling Federation; GreenEdge teams will be ORICA-Scott in 2017; Unitedhealthcare names rosters for 2017; Avanti IsoWhey and SwissWellness merge to create IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness team; Canadian development team Silber reloads with young talent; BMC announces kit, tire sponsorship changes; Field, Payton win cyclocross British Cycling National Trophy; Rider recruited by Wiggins via Instagram; ‘Off the Beaten’ Path adventure cycling film.
Although the British Government is proposing to cover some of the shortfall left by a slump in lottery sales, UK Sport is still making cuts to various sports ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. British Cycling will see a reduction of more than £4 million, despite the team exceeding their medal goal at the Rio Olympics, taking home 12, over the goal of eight-to-ten.
The funding cuts will be targeted to a reduction in the number of BMX and mountain-bike riders UK Sport will support. British Cycling did sign a new sponsorship deal with the bank HSBC back in September, but that money was considered in the allocations.
It could be worse for the cycling programme, as badmintion, archery, fencing, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby had their budgets cut completely.
“It took cycling 12 years to build the system which has now resulted in consistent podium success,” said David Pond, chief executive of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby. “It’s disappointing that our progress towards this has been put in jeopardy.”
Gymnastics and hockey, however, are receiving around a £2m funding increase.
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