Jean Pitallier, the president of the French cycling federation (FFC), announced that FFC is looking at a deficit of 1.3 million euro, following the affair of Patrice Sulpice. FFC was ordered to pay 1.35 million euro to Sulpice, following his crash at the Worlds in Colombia.
Pitallier told AFP that "if that amount wouldn't have to be paid, we would be in a reasonable position." FFC has already paid some money to Sulpice. The court will be announcing on March 12 the remaining amount to be paid.
Pitallier is worried about all the disciplines under the FFC. "There are impacts for all the domains, because we have to calculate. We will try to get away with the smallest consequences possible for the national teams, but there could some grouping and training camps that have to fall on the way side.