Matteo Tosatto has told the Spanish press that Team Sky will apparently have an agreement in place with a new main sponsor ahead of May’s Giro d’Italia, and that who it is could also be announced then.
Talking to marca.com, the Italian – who’s been a sports director at Sky since 2017, having retired as a pro rider with Saxo Bank the previous year – said that he thought that an announcement might have been made ahead of the Tour de France, but that it could now come sooner.
Speaking at the UAE Tour, Tosatto told Marca that Team Sky’s management team has worked hard to allay any fears the riders may have had about their futures.
“Before the Giro, we should have an agreement [with a new sponsor] that will ensure the safety of the team,” he said. “It was only going to be finalised ahead of the Tour, but we are likely to announce it before the Corsa Rosa.
“It will be European, from home – de casa,” Tosatto added, suggesting – and subsequently confirming – that the possible scenario of Colombian backing was not going to happen, but perhaps suggesting that the new backer could be Italian – i.e. from his home country of Italy.
In early February, it was thought that a consortium of Colombian sponsors, led by state-controlled oil and gas company Ecopetrol, could be in the running to back the WorldTour team in place of Sky, with the current main sponsor stepping away at the end of the 2019 season.
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