Fernando Alonso has revealed the difficulties he encountered in establishing a biking workforce, saying the method is “not simple or low cost”.
The Spanish Components One driver almost entered the game in September 2013 when Euskaltel have been pulling out of biking however couldn’t attain an settlement with the Basque workforce over its present riders and sponsorship contracts.
As an alternative, he deliberate to create a workforce from scratch and apply for a WorldTour licence forward of the 2015 season, however this by no means materialised.
The now-38-year-old had visited the 2014 Giro d’Italia and reportedly secured a €100m sponsorship settlement for 5 years from the UAE but the October deadline for registering a workforce with the UCI handed by quietly. In 2017, the backers from the UAE ultimately teamed up with Lampre.
“It didn’t go forward with Euskaltel and making a workforce of our personal,” Alonso instructed Kiko García in an interview at La Bicicleta Café. “It labored correctly and we adopted all the fitting steps however it was a dead-end tunnel. Making a workforce of the UCI WorldTour shouldn’t be simple or low cost.
“You need to have essential financial assist. We had conferences with the Authorities of the UAE who got here near coming into the venture. Ultimately, they labored with different groups within the present peloton.”
After the venture didn’t materialise, Alonso apologised to two-time world champion Paolo Bettini, who had stop his job as Italy’s head coach to direct the Components One driver’s venture.
Components One has gone on to change into concerned within the skilled peloton, with quite a few WorldTour outfits becoming a member of forces with motor-racing groups. Ineos have partnered with Mercedes, McLaren changed Merida as co-headline sponsors of the Bahraini squad headed up by Rod Ellingworth whereas Israel Begin – Up Nation teamed up with Williams in the beginning of the 2020 season.