White: Sponsors may dictate Tour de France rosters

Mitchelton-Scott-Scott head sports director Matt White
Mitchelton-Scott-Scott head sports director Matt White (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

While the Tour de France and several other WorldTour races were handed a lifeline on Tuesday with the UCI's announcement of a new version of the sporting calendar, the fact that so many major events would be condensed into such a small window threw up several questions.

One major issue now facing teams is roster selection, with Mitchelton-Scott head sports director Matt White believing that some sponsors may persuade teams to concentrate their rosters on the Tour de France. 

Assuming that sporting events can take place – and it's remote at this point – and that travel and social-distancing restrictions are eased enough for racing to re-start, teams will have logistical and selection dilemmas on a scale that they have never seen before.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.