‘Bottomless mimosas & gift baskets for stage winners’: American company offers to ‘step in’ and sponsor Team Sky

I'm not sure Dave Brailsford will be giving Ritte Bicycles a call back

The news that Team Sky will not be continuing in their current form after the 2019 season after Sky pulled their funding, doesn’t seem to have been taken as seriously by some as others.

American bike company Ritte Bicycles have trolled the British WorldTour team with – what we assume to be – a mock sponsorship proposal.

Posted on the brand’s Facebook page the Californian company ‘offered’ a number of incentives for title sponsorship.

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Some of the cycling related offers include, “Free really nice-looking Ritte Ace road bikes for every rider’ and ‘Free clip-on aerobars and NOS Spinenergy RevX wheels for time trials.”

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However, the taunt of ‘”Totally legit salbutamol prescriptions for every rider” may not be seen favourable given the turmoil Chris Froome has been through over the past year.

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But the offer of bottomless mimosas and gift baskets for tour stage winners are an incentive us at Cycling Weekly can get behind.

The chances of seeing Geraint Thomas lining up at the Tour de France in Ritte Bicycles jerseys is highly unlikely despite the offer on the table, as the British team look to fill the mammoth £35 million budget Sky will be leaving behind.

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