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by Shane Stokes
September 20, 2017
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Team Wiggins general manager Andrew McQuaid has denied a French media report stating that the squad is in financial difficulties, insisting that all salaries have and will be paid. Under 23 world time trial championship bronze medallist Corentin Ermenault had told La France Cycliste that things were not good at the British Continental squad. “I have not raced with Team Wiggins since June, because there is no money left in the team.”
Not so, McQuaid said to CyclingTips on Tuesday. “There are no financial difficulties in the team, all salaries have been paid to date.” He also denied that the team’s non-participation in UCI races since the end of July plus its non-selection for the Tour de Yorkshire and the Tour of Britain pointed to a crisis.
“[For the] Tour of Britain, a qualification criteria was set down by the organiser for the six British continental teams. Four of the six qualified. Unfortunately we ranked fifth, so we didn’t qualify. [As for] Yorkshire, I can’t comment on their behalf. They decided what teams participated.
“We have raced in August, just not abroad. Two premier calendars in the UK (we won one and third in the other), various regional championships, and the Rapha Nocturne. Corentin was riding track so couldn’t ride for the team in the UK.
“This is a misunderstanding on Ermenault’s part. Once we didn’t get into Britain – which we didn’t know till mid August – we revised budgets and tightened them. One hundred percent, he has been paid since June. As have all other riders and staff. September invoices are in and will be paid towards end of month as they always are. I can assure you there are no outstanding debts or financial difficulties.”