Cannondale-Drapac 'super-optimistic' of securing major new sponsor before end of Tour de France

Cannondale are expected to withdrew their title sponsorship from the American WorldTour team

Pierre Rolland celebrates victory after stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia 2017

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

American WorldTour team Cannondale-Drapac are "super-optimistic" of being able to welcome a major new sponsor in the next week.

Jonathan Vaughters, CEO of Slipstream Sports which owns the team, told a small group of reporters on the Tour de France's second rest day in Le Puy-ev-Velay that he hopes to be able to announce a major cash injection before the end of the race.

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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.