Cofidis signs new sponsorship deal
May 12 2018 12:28 pm CET

Cofidis signs new sponsorship deal
Cofidis signs new sponsorship deal
Cofidis © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Cofidis has extended its sponsorship deal with the French ProContinental team Cofidis, Solutions Crédit. The team has confirmed this on Twitter. The bank ensures the future for the team of Nacer Bouhanni until the end of the 2022 season.

With the deal ensuring long-term securtity, the team hopes to return to former successes back in the days when riders including Franck Vandenbroucke, Francesco Casagrande, David Millar, Sylvain Chavanel, Stuart O’Grady and David Moncoutie.

Cofidis has been involved with the French team since 1997. The early years were very successful, with wins in the Clásica San Sebastian in 1998 (Casagrande) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 1999 (Vandenbroucke). Moreover, the team has amassed 25 Grand Tour stage victories. In the last years the victories mostly have come from Nacer Bouhanni, who already won 30 times since joining the team in 2015.

This year, however, Bouhanni has had a disappointing start to the season. Critique, from outside as well as inside the team, has grown and caused friction between the French sprinter and team manager Cédric Vasseur. The issue reached its boiling point after Eschborn-Frankfurt on May 1, when Bouhanni and sports director Roberto Damiani reportedly came to blows. Moreover, Vasseur demanded a win from his star rider in order to select him for the Tour de France. Bouhanni immediately responded by winning the 3rd stage in the 4 Jours de Dunkerque.

Team manager Cedric Vasseur is delighted with the contract extension: "This feels as a reward for the hard work. We will now have a stronger appearance, both national and international."

Cofidis has so far accumulated 6 victories this year, with Christophe Laporte accounting for four of these. He won a stage in the Etoile de Besseges, the Tro Bro Léon and two stages in the Tour Cycliste International La Provence. Next to this and the victory of Bouhanni this week, Stephane Rosetto finished off an impressive solo in the Tour de Yorkshire in the beginning of this month.

By Siebe Kok
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