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by Matt de Neef
November 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Jacopo Mosca wins the Tour of Hainan, Joe Cooper claims final stage; Van der Poel and Cant win European CX titles; Mark Cavendish wins the Saitama Criterium; Ben Hill suffers fractured vertebrae in Tour of Hainan crash; Rider kicked off Tour of Hainan for fighting with rival team; Trek expands its Domane range with new gravel-specific builds; Jonathan Vaughters calls for franchise structure for pro cycling; Dutch cyclist forced to retire at 22 due to heart problem; Jersey revealed for Contador/Basso Continental team; Aqua Blue Sport reveals 3T Strada 1x setup for 2018; Danny MacAskill testing Santa Cruz wheels.
Slipstream Sports manager Jonathan Vaughters believes a franchise-based system would help create greater stability for professional cycling, while also helping to generate greater fan appeal.
Vaughters, whose Cannondale-Drapac team was just days from folding earlier this year, told Reuters that cycling has a structural problem that needs to be addressed.
“Fans of Manchester United or the Denver Broncos don’t worry about them just going away. It’s not something that fans are used to or can understand,” Vaughters told Reuters. “There are a number of different ways to go about it. One is cost control, or financial fairness, which is what I call it. The other is creating a structure where franchises are guaranteed the biggest races such as the Tour de France.”
Vaughters believes that guaranteed entry into races such as the Tour would create scarcity in the market, which sponsors would likely gravitate towards.
“What we have now is if you come up with 20 million pounds you can start your own team, there is no scarcity of the commodity. It’s just a matter of who can scrounge up the money, whether they come up from a very disreputable source or a reputable source, it doesn’t matter.”
Follow the link to read more via Reuters/Cycling Central.