Replacement NFTO team require title sponsor in next 10 days or won't go ahead

A major title sponsor pulled out of backing the replacement NFTO team, leaving them days to find the investment to run a 2017 team

Edmund Bradbury of NFTO doesn't let a wintry shower dampen his celebration after winning the Chorley Grand Prix on Sunday ahead of team-mate Dale Appleby.

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

The new team that is set to replace British Continental outfit NFTO must find a title sponsor in the next 10 days, otherwise they will not have the finances to run.

NFTO's 2016 DS Tom Barras has organised his own minor sponsors, infrastructure and team cars to create his own team from next season, but a major title sponsor pulled out three weeks ago, leaving them in limbo and facing the distinct possibility of not having a team in 2017.

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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 long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide 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.