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Trentin best at Vuelta, Van Vleuten wins, missing sponsor named: Your Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 30, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Trentin takes his second victory of 2017 Vuelta on stage 10; Hometown hero Van Vleuten wins Boels Ladies Tour prologue; Roche gains time on GC rivals at La Vuelta; Unibet said to be company that walked away from Cannondale-Drapac sponsorship; Eight-year doping ban for Kayle LeoGrande after multiple positives; Chris Hoy apologises after likening Mamils to ‘overweight football fans’; Video: Adam Yates post-race interview, Stage 10 Vuelta a España; Video: Martyn Irvine on how to come back from a crash; Video: Abrazos. A film about Colombian cycling; Video: Sam Miranda King Valley Tour of King Valley – Day two

Unibet said to be company that walked away from Cannondale-Drapac sponsorship

by Shane Stokes

Days after it emerged that the Cannondale-Drapac squad may be unable to continue in 2018 due to the last-minute withdrawal of the expected new title sponsor, the name of the company involved has emerged. According to Cycling Weekly, AD.nl and others, the gambling company Unibet.com was the anticipated backer.

The company was previously a title sponsor between 2006 and 2007, backing a team which became a pawn in the battle between the UCI and Tour de France organisers ASO. ASO refused to allow the team to ride its races, citing French laws restricting gambling. As a result the company withdrew and the team stopped.

In recent weeks Cannondale-Drapac CEO Jonathan Vaughters offered contract extension to a number of riders, including Tour de France runner-up Rigoberto Uran. However when the deal fell through with the new title sponsor, the future of the team came into question.

“It was a done deal — I mean, I thought we had an agreement,” Vaughters told Business Insider. “We were deciding on uniform design and how the bus was going to look. But the agreement always had this clause that said, unless there was unanimous consensus at the board of directors meeting, the agreement could be terminated. We always knew there was a risk, and in the end consensus was not unanimous.”

Vaughters has appealed for companies or individuals interested in backing the team to step forward. A crowd-funding drive has also been established. Uran has given Vaughters two weeks to find the necessary budget, saying that he will hold off on moving to a new team. However Sep Vanmarcke has told Het Nieuwsblad that he won’t wait and is looking for a new squad.

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