Boost for Roche’s Team Saxo
Saxo Bank stepping up to fill the estimated €6 million shortfall in budget
Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov got involved with the team last year but then said he was withdrawing his backing. Photograph: Getty
Nicolas Roche’s team has received much needed reassurance that its budget will be covered next year, with Saxo Bank stepping up to fill the estimated €6 million shortfall which will be created when co-sponsor Tinkoff Bank departs at the end of the season.
That put a question mark over the team, with owner Bjarne Riis struggling to secure a second title sponsor. However, Contador, Roche and the other riders can now rest easy after the Saxo Bank company announced the increased financial involvement yesterday at a press conference in Madrid.
Roche has said that he is hoping to ride the Giro d’Italia next season, with the hosting of the first three days in Ireland being a major draw for him. His schedule for 2014 has not been decided yet.