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by Matt de Neef
August 28, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Chris Froome extends Vuelta lead with stage 9 victory; Lizzie Deignan victorious in GP de Plouay; Egan Bernal takes comfortable victory at the Tour de l’Avenir; Elia Viviani sprints to Bretagne Classic victory; Joe Cooper and Macey Stewart win the Tour of the King Valley; An international battle at the Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross; Cannondale-Drapac turns to crowdfunding after sponsor troubles; Tour de l’Avenir winner Egan Bernal signs with Team Sky; Warren Barguil sent home from the Vuelta; Five Brisbane cyclists injured after being struck by a car; Party tricks at the Vuelta; 1,000 rockets attached to a bike.
American WorldTour team Cannondale-Drapac faces an uncertain future, with contracted riders and team staff actively entertaining offers from other teams. Among them is Rigoberto Uran, runner-up at this year’s Tour de France.
The squad is facing sponsorship issues and may not have the resources needed to maintain into 2018, the team acknowledged in a statement issued Saturday. Team management said it had “received some discouraging news about a new partner we anticipated joining us in 2018,” prompting notification of all riders and staff of the uncertainty of the organization’s future.
“Without this partner’s support, we cannot guarantee our financial security and subsequently our UCI WorldTour license [for 2018],” the statement read. “We remain hopeful that this situation may resolve itself in the next few days and that the team may find new financial backing; however, without this guarantee, we felt an obligation to the individuals who make up our team to notify them of our current situation and give them time to look for their best options.”
Following suggestions from the public, the team has revealed it will start a crowdfunding campaign to try and secure its future.
“Inspired by your feedback, we are in the process of crowdsourcing a fundraiser that we hope will allow us to continue our cycling team for the 2018 season,” a team announcement reads. “While we get all our ducks in a row, please register your interest in officially joining the Slipstream Sports family for the upcoming season.”
Follow the links to read more at CyclingTips, or to find out more about the team’s crowdfunding efforts.