In today’s Daily News Digest: Armee wins stage 18 of Vuelta a España, Froome pads lead; Boom blasts to stage 5 TT win at Tour of Britain; D’Hoore back in gold after stage 2 Lotto Belgium Tour win; Sponsor found for Cannondale-Drapac?; Brammeier: Cycling teams should sign up to a code of practice regarding concussions; Ben King speaks out about teenage eating disorder; Crowdfunding campaign launched for a new cleat-based powermeter; Video: Lotto Belgium Tour Stage 2 Highlights; Video: Rás na mBan stage one highlights; Video: Rás na mBan stage two highlights; Video: Red Hook Crit Barcelona 2017
Armee best at Vuelta, Boom in Britain, d’Hoore triumphs: Your Daily News Digest
It appears that the Cannondale-Drapac team has recovered from the decision of an anticipated new title sponsor not to follow through with its backing, with CEO Jonathan Vaughers’ social media postings hinting strongly at success.
I just had one of the happiest moments of my life!!! More news to come.
— Jonathan Vaughters (@Vaughters) September 7, 2017
His Tweet follows several hints this week that a replacement has been found. On Thursday Velonews reported that an email had been sent to the riders from Vaughters, saying that all those with deals for 2018 will have their contracts honoured. Separately, Cyclist magazine has reported that a source close to the team suggested that financial backers had been secured.
The source was unable to name the sponsor, but indicated that it will be from outside of the bike industry and that this will be their first venture into a professional cycling sponsorship.
Previously, media reports had stated that Unibet had been the company which withdrew at the eleventh hour, plunging the team into crisis. Tour de France runner-up Rigoberto Uran said that he would give the team two weeks to come up with alternative backing, but Classic specialist Sep Vanmarcke indicated he was unwilling to wait and would look elsewhere for a contract.
Former US presidential candidate and past Secretary of State John Kerry has reportedly been working to help save the team. Separately, a crowdfunding campaign has raised over half a million dollars, and current team partner The Fairly Group said it would match pledges up to a total of two million.