|Emma Johansson sustained two|
broken collarbones on the 14th of January
(image credit: Eriohm CC BY 3.0)
The Tour of the Basque Country and the Clasica San Sebastian have been saved from financial oblivion, for this year at least. Both races had warned that they lacked the money to go ahead this year. causing alarm in the cycling-obsessed Basque Country and among Basque cycling's many fans abroad. Bilbao newspaper Deia reports that the Basque government has agreed to put €200,000 towards the events - €160,000 less than in the last three years, but sufficient for the races to be held. Recent news that average salaries paid to ProTeam cyclists have risen from €190,000 to €264,000 over the same period - and widespread back-slapping over professional cycling's supposed financial health - have led to calls that the UCI should provide more money towards races that find themselves in difficulty.
Alberto Contador, the three-time Tour de France winner who was recently (and controversially) banned for two years after the CAS found him guilty of doping, might not return to Saxobank when the backdated ban expires on the 6th of August, says Danish site sporten.dk. The team has relied on the rider to a large extent and, as a result, its ProTeam licence was earned partly due to his results and he is not happy with this according to an "anonymous source."