'Sky wouldn't remain a winning team on a lower budget', says Jonathan Vaughters

Vaughters says companies will be more likely to invest in the sport if Team Sky fail to find a new sponsor with the same big budget

Team Sky ahead of the final stage of the 2018 Tour de France. Image: Sunada

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Team Sky would fail to remain a winning team if they had to operate on a sponsor's smaller budget, says rival general manager Jonathan Vaughters.

David Brailsford began his search for a replacement sponsor after Sky announced it would leave following the 2019 season.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.