B&B Hotels lose 15-20% of budget ahead of 2021 season

B&B Hotels-Vital Concept’s Pierre Rolland on the attack during stage 19 of the 2020 Tour de France
B&B Hotels-Vital Concept’s Pierre Rolland on the attack during stage 19 of the 2020 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The current B&B Hotels-Vital Concept team will be known simply as B&B Hotels for the 2021 season following the reduction of the French ProTeam's budget as a result of the squad's co-sponsor reducing its contribution. It means that the team will have to try to save money in its operating costs, and it's all down to the coronavirus pandemic, team manager Jérôme Pineau has told the French press.

Vital Concept – which was the team's main sponsor from its inception in 2018 ahead of becoming co-sponsor this season – has decided to reduce its contribution to the team for next year, resulting in the shortfall in budget of what Pineau says will be between 15 and 20 per cent. French newspaper Ouest France reports that Vital Concept has reduced its investment by €1.7 million – from €2 million to €300,000.

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