Saunier Duval 2008 jersey

Scott bicycles has stepped up to become second sponsor of the Spanish Saunier Duval ProTour squad, which features Leonardo Piepoli, Jose Angel Gomez Marchante, Juanjo Cobo and Riccardo Ricco. Former co-sponsor, Swiss pen manufacturer Prodir has decreased its funding for the team and now doesn't feature on the squad's distinctive yellow kit.

The fact that a bike manufacturer is sponsoring a team is hardly big news, but what it does do is signal another shift in pro team sponsorship from outside companies to those in the bicycle industry. As a whole, the sport is struggling to find the multi-million Euro external sponsorship that ProTour teams require to support a year-long race campaign around the world. And the sport is struggling to maintain any credibility in the light of continuous doping scandals.

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Nigel Wynn
Former Associate Editor

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.