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Team Sky to Equipo Colombia?

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South American oliegigant in the picture as a new main sponsor

Team Sky to Equipo Colombia?

Rides Team Sky will soon be under the Colombian flag with oliegigant Ecopetrol on the shirt? As Best as possible. The links between the topwielerploeg and the South American country were, in any case, recently cited.

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Team Sky hint Egan Bernal (m.) is the world’s largest rondetalent considered _ and is therefore certainly in place in a Colombian team. Luca Bettini/photo news

South American oliegigant in the picture as a new main sponsor

Team Sky to Equipo Colombia?

Rides Team Sky will soon be under the Colombian flag with oliegigant Ecopetrol on the shirt? As Best as possible. The links between the topwielerploeg and the South American country were, in any case, recently cited.

Cycling

Wim Vos

1. What we learned this week from Colombia?

First reported the Colombian newspaper El Espectador that Dave Brailsford, boss of Team Sky, had samengezeten with the Colombian president, Ivan Duque, and his minister of Sports, Ernesto Lucena. Topic of conversation: the possibility of Team Sky to become the first Colombian WorldTourteam ever.

According to the newspaper the meeting an idea of Rigoberto Uran, the number two of the Tour of last year, and a sporting celebrity in Colombia. What is not so crazy would be: Uran has a past with Team Sky and has in the past indicated that he would love such a South-American top team would see coming. A day later, reported La Gazzetta dello Sport that there is also a possible sponsor in the picture would be: Ecopetrol, a Colombian state-controlled oil and gas company.

2. The Colombian government wants so well?

It looks like it. Yet for Ecopetrol was called, said minister of Sport Lucena is already clear that a takeover of Sky as ‘a dream’ would be. The man thought before that 30 million dollars (26.5 million euros). An amount that is already for Ecopetrol not insurmountable. With more than 9.000 employees and a turnover of 2.2 billion dollars (1.9 billion euros) is one of the largest players in the South American oil market. Potentially, the willingness of Ecopetrol, other Colombian multinationals to convince.

3. How much money has a new sponsor really necessary?

To get the whole mess to take over, will that $ 30 million effectively required. That is the amount that Sky currently insert. And there will be even more money on the table: just about all the movers and the shakers – Bernal, Froome, Moscon, Kwiatkowski, Thomas – have a long-term contract. The new main sponsor will be that expensive contracts have to take over. All is there perhaps a back door to find. If there wasn’t a new sponsor would be found, had Sky already know that anyway, those contracts would be honoured. So there is only onderhandelingsmarge.

4. What says Team Sky of all of this?

Nothing. The British team is never an epitome of much openness and also now let the formal does not know to want to respond to this new track. Team Sky is sticking to its communication of december, when it was reported that media giant Sky after 2019 fails as the main sponsor. Since then the team, make open to in the future with new partners to work together’. At the most added Dave Brailsford opposite the British wielersite Cyclingnews still: “If you have important calls as we currently do, you need to protect the confidentiality of such conversations, respect.’ Understand: there is ‘something’ in Colombia.

However, it is not the first overnamepiste that pops up. Previously went the story that the procontinentale team Israel Cycling Academy and external relations) on a merger with Team Sky. And even the eccentric Russian Oleg Tinkov would be made an offer. Also when wild Sky ” is not on the rumors go’.

5. Why is the Colombian piste credible?

Because it all really happened. First took Sky team leader Chris Froome in november part of the Uran-organized Gran Fondo in Colombia. Then sent Team Sky a top team – with Froome to the Tour of Colombia. And finally, it was Brailsford at the table with the sporty top of the country. There is clearly a constantly firmer becoming the line between Team Sky and the Colombian government. You could even be a mutual charm offensive can speak, because Brailsford had over the past days remarkably positive about the Colombian cycling: ‘No country has so much talent. What Brazil in football, Colombia in the championships.’

There is already a link between Team Sky and Columbia. Rigoberto Uran rode there between 2011 and 2013. And today, the team already has three Colombians on the payroll: Egan Bernal – the world’s largest young rondetalent considered, Ivan Sosa and Sebastian Henao. To Sosa, another 21-year-old top talent, bring them in, had Team Sky, there’s even a lawsuit with Trek for about.

6. How Colombian will this new super team be?

That is the question. The license and the sponsor will be Colombian. And Bernal, Sosa and Henao will also collateral. But just because there are so many contracts of other Sky-riders go through, the team will not immediately make a full Colombian metamorphosis to undergo. It threatens, rather, a doorslagje of the old Sky, with a thin South American sauce over it. Because even though the new team are prepared to Froome, or Thomas: which team can give them a similar multimillion euro investment deliver?

Other Colombian riders to attract is also not evident. Uran is still to 2020, under contract with EF Education First. Gaviria is just Quick Step to the UAE lives, where he still up to 2021 is fixed. Only Nairo Quintana is the end of contract with Movistar, but also that will of butter at the fish needs. And you go Quintana to add to a team with Froome and Thomas all two Tourtoppers in the house?

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