On the sidelines of presenting the Tour de France route, Reuters news agency revealed a story that could turn the world of cycling upside down.
Cycling teams have been complaining for years about the current model, in which all power lies in the hands of a limited number of organizers, among which the ASO (Tour, Vuelta, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, …) is the most famous. .
It’s a thorn in the side of teams, as almost all of the TV money ends up in the organisers’ pockets, making them too reliant on sponsors to keep their heads above water.
In an attempt to divide the pie – in their view – more fairly, 5 major teams (Ineos and Jumbo-Visma were definitely mentioned) put their heads together. The plan is to use an alternative competition to put existing and new competitions on one calendar.
Consulting firm EY and Big Four accounting firm are said to have already been involved in the search for investors. One interested party would be CVC, the former owner of Formula 1.
According to insiders who Reuters was able to speak to, it is uncertain whether a new “Super League” will actually be created. In 2012, several teams joined to participate in the World Cycling Championships, but it turned out to be a dead baby.
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