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by Neal Rogers
July 19, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Michael Matthews takes Stage 16 win at Tour de France after crosswinds wreak havoc; Brennauer seals GC victory at Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour, Schneider takes Stage 6 win; Degenkolb upset, says Matthews ‘did not hold his line’ in Tour de France sprint; Bad day for Quick-Step at Tour de France as Kittel loses points, Martin loses time, Gilbert abandons; Bennett forced to abandon Tour de France with illness; Zubeldia to end 20-year career at San Sebastian; Cannondale-Drapac team in ‘super-promising’ negotiations with two potential sponsors; Pinarello announces Dogma F10 Disk; Silca reintroduces Pista floor pump, releases 100-year HX-One tool kit; Foundation announced in honor of American Chad Young; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 16 highlights; Video: The moment Michael Matthews realized he’d won Stage 16 at Tour de France.
Having earlier made clear that it wants to secure a new title sponsor and step up its budget to be more in line with other WorldTour teams, the Cannondale-Drapac squad appears to be moving closer to that objective. Speaking on the Tour de France’s second rest day on Monday, team CEO Jonathan Vaughters said that there were two possible leads being followed.
“We have got a couple of super-promising conversations going on now,” he told CyclingTips. “One with an American company, one with a European company. Fingers crossed that next year this team will have some great financial backing behind it.”
Asked as to when confirmation of an agreement could come, Vaughters wasn’t sure on the timeline. “It is hard to tell,” he said. “Large companies don’t necessary function on the timeline that we would like them to in cycling.”
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