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by Matt de Neef
September 11, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chris Froome wins the Vuelta, Trentin claims final stage; Sagan, Ulissi victorious at Canadian Grand Prix; Lars Boom wins the Tour of Britain; Jolien d’Hoore wins the Madrid Challenge; Lucy Kennedy wins the Tour de l’Ardeche; Swiss dominate XCO at Mountain Bike Worlds in Cairns; Cannondale-Drapac announces EF Education First as 2018 title sponsor; Michael Woods signs for another two years with Slipstream Sports; Former Olympic medallist Leontien van Moorsel accused of EPO use; Storybook ending – Contador goes out on top, wins final summit finish of his career; Neilson Powless signs with LottoNL-Jumbo; US men’s Road Worlds line-up announced; Bike thief foiled at Gold Coast cycling event; The best of the Vuelta.
Just two weeks after telling its riders and staff that they were released from their contracts, Slipstream Sports, the management company behind the Cannondale-Drapac WorldTour team, announced Saturday it had secured a title partner for 2018 in EF Education First, a family-owned international education company founded in 1965 in Lund, Sweden.
With a focus on language, academics, educational travel, and cultural experience, EF Education First will become the title sponsor of the American-registered squad in 2018, and will eventually become majority owner of Slipstream Sports.
The squad will be referred to as Team EF Education First-Drapac powered by Cannondale.
Colombian Rigoberto Uran, second at the Tour de France in July, will remain on the team’s roster, as will many of the team’s contracted riders.
“We didn’t lose any more riders than most teams lose in a normal transfer season,” said Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “While I’m not in a position to comment on the full make-up of our squad for 2018, I’m excited to share plenty of contract news in the coming weeks.”
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