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Re: Team Sponsorship 21/22
« on: October 16, 2021, 10:37 »
with the arrival of #astana Hugo Houle at #israel, this option of course looks most likely now.

Although Premier Tech CEO Jean Bélanger arranged the transfer (of him and Fuglsang), no sponsorship contracts have been signed yet, though.

https://www.lapresse.ca/sports/cyclisme/2021-10-13/hugo-houle-chez-israel-start-up-nation/le-meilleur-des-mondes.php?s=09
according to Gazzetta, #vinizabu looks likely to close at the end of the year

https://www.gazzetta.it/Ciclismo/15-10-2021/vini-zabu-ktm-futuro-rischio-l-italia-puo-perdere-team-professional-4201828064138.shtml
Combine these two news and add this one:
https://www.tuttobiciweb.it/article/2021/10/16/1634306388/vini-zabu.-worldtour-intermarche

Vini Fantini/Vini Zabù/Farnese Vini --> #iwg & Premier Tech --> #israel starts to sound likely.


Personally, I'm still not convinced Premier Tech will join ISN, though: Sylvan Adams isn't going to give up equity in the team and let someone else become co-owner. I think the Fuglsang/Houle deal was simply Premier Tech saying "we will get you a contract somewhere, don't worry", and when the #bikeexchange talks fell apart, PT put them in ISN instead - possibly (probably, even) paying their salaries for (part of) the duration.
I call it "doing a Spidertech", they did the same with many of their riders (incl. Boivin) when the #spidertech team stopped.
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