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by Shane Stokes
August 29, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Team Sky signs Tour de l’Avenir jersey winners Bernal, Sivakov and Halvorsen; Froome rejects calls for salary caps in cycling; Stybar inks two year contract extension with QuickStep Floors; UAE Team Emirates signs European champion Kristoff and former world under 23 champion Bystrøm; Bauer signs two-year contract with Orica-Scott; Talented Australian duo Hindley and Storer to turn pro with Team Sunweb; Armstrong Savola joins USA Cycling as Endurance Performance Director; Tankink set for 18th pro season, will continue with Team LottoNL-Jumbo; Women’s transfer news: Kitchen and Slik transfer to FDJ; Women’s transfer news: Moberg and Aalerud to VeloCONCEPT; Olympic champion Schurter takes unprecedented clean sweep; Video: Team Sunweb’s Marc Reef talks about the exclusion of Warren Barguil
Asked about suggestions that Team Sky has an unfair advantage over its rivals, in terms of budget, Vuelta a España race leader Chris Froome has rejected the claims. Speaking on the rest day on Monday, Froome accepted that the budget difference makes it hard for others, but said that there should be no controls put in place to even things out.
“It is in some ways ‘unfair’ the support we have in general at Team Sky compared to other teams,” he said, according to VeloNews. “If you take that away, what do teams have to strive for? Why are you working harder? To win more races? To take that away, it’s almost as if we are becoming communists.”
He pushed back on suggestions that measures such as salary caps could be justified. “So everyone is going to be the same?” he said. “We should all ride the same bikes. We should all have the same equipment sponsors. We should eat the same rice and porridge each morning. Where do you draw the line?”
Director sportif Nicolas Portal said he disagreed with those who said the team’s budget was responsible for its success. He added that there shouldn’t be limitations on any other teams.
“If another big team comes along with even more money than Sky, I don’t think Dave [Brailsford] would say that is unfair,” he said. “Because you have a good project, a big sponsor is interested in signing on. I don’t think it’s unfair.”
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