Europcar's 2016 licence issues caused by financial problems, reports suggest

A missed payment from bike supplier Colnago is yet to be resolved in French court, with the team's bank guarantee triggered to ensure staff are paid

26 July 2015
102nd Tour de France
Stage 21 : Sevres - Paris Champs-Elysees
ROLLAND Pierre (FRA) Europcar
GAUTIER Cyril (FRA) Europcar
Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

When the UCI released its list of of racing licences in November, one team was conspicuous in its absence. Europcar, with their new sponsor Direct Energie, were not on the list of either WorldTour of Pro Continental teams, despite being expected to race in 2016.

The problem, according to a report in Ouest France, is financial, with SA Vendée Cyclisme - which manages the contracts of the members of the team - triggering the bank guarantee for the team as it was unable to honour all of its rider wages.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.