Proposed team to replace NFTO fails to secure sponsorship

Tom Barras's proposed team hasn't been able to secure the necessary funds

The proposed team that was earmarked to replace British UCI Continental team NFTO has not secured the required sponsor and is therefore highly unlikely to go ahead.

NFTO’s 2016 team manager Tom Barras has been trying tirelessly since September to get a lead sponsor on board who would provide the £300,000 needed to ensure the team could race next season.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.