Confirming the allegations that have been made against the Zaaf Cycling Team's management, Audrey Cordon-Ragot has voiced her concerns regarding the team's failure to remunerate riders and staff members since the beginning of this year.
The financial situation of the team has prompted an investigation by both the UCI and the Spanish Cycling Federation, with the intent of determining the extent of the problem and, if deemed necessary, invoking the bank guarantee to compensate the team's riders and staff.
"Things are in place with the responsible entities to recover our money, but we have not been paid since January 1 nor reimbursed for our travel expenses. We are in conditions that are not worthy of a pro team, and it is very complicated to exercise our profession, even if we have been doing it since January 1,” told Ouest-France.
She continues, "They promise to pay us. But it's been the same thing every week for nearly three months. We don't see the money coming, and we can't live without it, clearly. I wonder what I'm going to do. It is complicated.”
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Her only hope is that the team can handle their finances to prevent a collapse; otherwise, she may have to sit out this season. “If I have to resign, I won't be able to race before June 1, so… These are decisions that will have to be made. But it can taint the rest of my season, that's clear,” she concluded.
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