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by Mark Zalewski
December 1, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Tour of Flanders route unveiled; Women’s Tour of Flanders route length increased; Strade Bianche courses unveiled; Van Avermaet recovery on-track; Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank announces 2017 Roster; Dygert extends with Twenty16-Ridebiker; SkyDive Dubai riders, staff unpaid; National Lottery sales slump could affect British Cycling funding; Bail denied for driver who fled after allegedly killing cyclist; Taxi driver shoves pro cyclist with bumper; Cyclist assualts Brisbane bus driver; Cycling ‘on’ Clif Bars; Cycling safety with Tour de Celeb’s Louie Spence.
Riders and staff from the United Arab Emirates-based SkyDive Dubai team have not been paid salaries since April. The UCI Continental team is part of the Al-Ahli Club, which also includes a top football team that is also seeking payments.
“It’s unacceptable, yes, but not only for cycling – also for other occupations, including journalism,” Sports Director Alberto Volpi told Cycling Weekly. “My bosses in Dubai are serious, but they have the same payment problem.”
“The problem is bigger than the cycling team, it’s the sport in general in Dubai, but I can’t talk about that. The Al-Ahli Club involves the top-level football team, basketball, baseball, and the cycling is in that. All of those sports are in that club, 100 or so people are waiting to be paid.”
The team began in 2014 with the goal of moving up to the ProContinental level with Volpi’s help and the signing of former Italian champion Ivan Santaromita. Now both are jumping ship to go to the newly formed Bahrain-Merida team.
“Unfortunately, we condemn the situation that is occurring in Team Skydive,” the Association of Italian professional riders wrote in a letter. “The Italian riders, as well as the technical staff, have been waiting since April for their salaries as per their signed contracts.
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