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by Mark Zalewski
November 26, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Top race organisers reduce team and peloton sizes in Grand Tours, Classics and other events; Provisional Australian NRS calendar released for 2017: Four races added, two return; UCI officially issues WorldTour, ProContinental licenses; WADA publishes 2015 testing report; WADA suspends Mexico City lab; Russian Paralympic Committee given long list of rules for reinstatement by IPC; CANYON//SRAM announces 2017 roster; An Post-ChainReaction solidifies roster; Former NFTO team loses title sponsor, in jeopardy of closing; Former pro found guilty after race crash caused rider death; Death of British cyclist who fell off cliff in Pyrenees ruled accidental; Cyclist breaks Billie Fleming’s 77-year-old record; Best of the 2016 UCI Women’s WorldTour.
The team that is set to take the place of the British NFTO team has lost its new title sponsor, and if one is not found in the next ten days, it could result in the team folding.
With the current sponsor NFTO not extending, DS Tom Barras had organised his own secondary sponsors, infrastructure, staff and team cars for next season. However, the main title sponsor he had secured pulled out three weeks ago, leaving the team uncertain for next season, and the potential to leave riders and staff unemployed.
“I have everything I need to operate what would be one of the best teams in the country, except enough cash budget to run a team,” Barras said. “I need upwards of £100,000 to make ends meet. But it needs to be sorted now. I need someone to come back to me or approach me within the next 10 days.”
The team has enjoyed a lot of success on the British domestic scene, and even punching above its weight in major races.
“We [NFTO] have set the UK scene on fire,” he said. “There aren’t many British domestic teams who can go to RideLondon and win it, except us. And there aren’t many teams who can go to the Isle of Man and put [Ben] Swift and [Pete] Kennaugh away, except us. That’s the blue print. Isn’t it ridiculous that we can’t find a sponsor?”
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