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by Mark Zalewski
December 14, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte’s road to the 2017 Tour de France: ‘It’s probably the most important year of my career’; Colnago helps find sponsors to keep TJ Sport team alive; Jan Bakelants critical of WorldTour reforms; Tom Meeusen changes training after tests; Gert Dockx retires at 28; Amateur cyclist, doctor receives four-year anti-doping sanction; Quick-Step Floors shows off new kit; BORA–hansgrohe unveils a new team kit for its WorldTour ascension; Astana presents team, names Aru leader; Team Crelan Willems Verandas shows new kit design; Study recommends cities use ‘Idaho Stop’ to better manage traffic; Man cycling Antarctic with custom quad fatbike; Strategy board game inspired by ‘Breaking Away’ race; ‘Jesus Bikes’ causing fuss around Melbourne; Massive flyover built for Belgian cyclocross championship course; Film calls out Berlin on cycling infrastructure.
The possible collapse of the Chinese-backed TJ Sport Consultation project team, set to take over the WorldTour license of Lampre-Merida, might be avoided after the team’s bike sponsor, Colnago, worked to secure new sponsors to cover a funding shortfall.
The team was left off the license list the UCI published in late November, citing a need for more time to complete the application process. However, not long after rumors began the circulate of problems within the project, and the possibility it would not happen.
The cancellation of a planned December training camp added fuel to the speculation.
Reports now indicate additional funding has been secured from Middle Eastern backers in Abu Dahbi, however the team is remaining quiet on the names of backers, as well as the team’s name sponsors.
As part of the WorldTour license, teams are required to post a sizable bank guarantee so that riders and staff can be paid their agreed salaries in the event of a team closing.
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