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by Mark Zalewski
April 7, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Roglic solos to Pais Vasco stage win; Boels-Dolmans wins Healthy Ageing Tour TTT; Calmejane wins fourth stage at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe; In memoriam: Friends, colleagues pay tribute to Steve Tilford; Phinney out of Paris-Roubaix with concussion; Mark Renshaw fractures ankle in Scheldeprijs; Groenewegen laments Scheldeprijs outcome; More bad luck for Lotto Soudal with Roubaix recon crash; Lefevere still searching for sponsors beyond 2017; Axeon Hagens Berman riding strong performance in European racing; Crowd-funded prosecution of driver involved in cyclist death ends in acquittal; Cyclist uses M65 highway as shortcut; Watch ‘A Sunday In Hell’; Trek Crockett: SSCXWC and Sven Nys.
There is never much rest in the search for sponsorship in pro cycling, and event Quick-Step Floors CEO Patrick Lefevere not immune. The sponsorship with Quick-Step Floors runs out at the end of the year and he has yet to sign an agreement beyond that.
“I always keep in mind the worst case scenario, but the conversations are going in the right direction,” he told Sporza. Team owner Zdenek Bakala stepped in with personal funding to cover the shortfall as Etixx left as title sponsor after last year.
“Everyone knows that Bakala has spent much money on the team in the last few years. The current sponsors are of course nice. But my goal is to build that out with more sponsors, because after a time it is not healthy.”
Lefevere said he is in talks with new potential sponsors. “But nothing is certain as of today,” he said. I have always planned for the worst case scenario. My deadline is June 30 and I will honour that. The talks are going in the right direction. The team will be in the peloton at the start of 2018.”
Quick-Step Floors is currently leading the UCI WorldTour rankings.
Click through to read more at Sporza.