New Colombia-backed Team Sky very unlikely, says Dave Brailsford

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford out for a ride next to Christopher Froome on the second rest day at

According to a report in Marca , Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford has told Colombian journalists that any agreement between him and a Colombian backer for 2020 is "very unlikely". Team Sky will lose their major sponsor at the end of this season, with rumours swirling at the recent Tour Colombia 2.1 stage race – which Brailsford attended – that Colombian oil and gas company Ecopetrol could be a potential new backer for the team next year. Brailsford also met with Colombian president Ivan Duque and Coldeportes [sports ministry] director Ernesto Lucena – allegedly to discuss the possibility of Colombia establishing its first WorldTour team , with Pro Continental-level team Manzana Postobon having already taken part in the 2017 Vuelta a España. However, as things stand – and despite Brailsford's enthusiasm for the South American country and in turn its enthusiasm for cycling – the search for a new main ...

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