Team Liquigas fights to continue in cycling

Ivan Basso, 2010 Giro d'Italia winner

Team Liquigas is fighting to stay in cycling as its title sponsor contract expires at year-end. Just as HTC-Highroad did last year, team management hopes to renew its contract or, failing that, to find a replacement sponsor.

"The 2012 budget is €10.5 million [£8.66m], 60 per cent from Liquigas, or about seven million," the team's general manager, Roberto Amadio told La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper. "Every year since 2005, it's upped its investment, and there's been financial return."

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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.