Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford is in Colombia overseeing his team’s effort this week in the Tour Colombia 2.1, where the team’s Egan Bernal is ready to defend his 2018 Oro y Paz title and where Chris Froome is starting his season.
Although Brailsford had plenty of praise for the country, its people and its cyclists, he was tight-lipped when Cyclingnews asked about his hunt for a new sponsor after Sky announced in December that it was ending its partnership with the team after this season.
Brailsford and the team have been linked to several options, including partnering with Israel Cycling Academy’s owner, billionaire Sylvan Adams, but Brailsford declined to knock down any rumours when Cyclingnews asked him on Sunday at the teams presentation in Medellin.
“When you’re a team like Sky, you’re going to get a lot of rumours, that’s for sure,” Brailsford said. “When you’re having important meetings like we are at the moment, I think you’ve got to respect the confidentiality of the partners involved, and you’ve got to respect that.
“It fills me full of enthusiasm to engage with everybody that’s been in touch with us,” he said. “It’s quite an interesting process, but I’m not going to discuss it or give any commentary.”
Asked if the UCI’s new rule that teams wishing to apply for a 2020 WorldTour licence must do so by April 1 would pose a problem for him and the team, Brailsford again declined an answer.
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