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t Rapha job cuts
Rapha has launched a wave of redundancies, with a view to increasing profitability. One insider put the figure at 50, while the Telegraph quoted sources who said between 60 and 80 jobs were to go, with immediate effect. Rapha said that only 15 people had lost their jobs.
The announcement follows a highly discounted summer sale, and comes a year after RCZ, owned by the Walmart brothers bought a £200m majority stake in the British firm.
Vogel left paralysed
German world and Olympic sprint champion Kristina Vogel has been left paralysed following a training crash in late June, she revealed to German magazine Der Speigel.
The incident occurred at the Cottbus velodrome in her home country. Vogel spent more than a month in intensive care, was placed in an induced coma and suffered acute pneumonia.
Matthews does the Canada double
Aussie Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) had plenty to celebrate last weekend after triumphing first in the GP de Québec on Friday, then following it up on the Sunday with a win at the GP de Montréal.
He follows in the wheelmarks of countryman Simon Gerrans, the last rider to score a double in the Laurentian Classics, as the two races are known, in 2014.
CCC get women’s team in 19
Having first taken over Team BMC for 2019, Polish shoe manufacturer CCC has now signed a three-year deal as title sponsor for Marianne Vos’s Waowdeals women’s team. The two teams will function effectively as sister squads, according to team boss Eric van den Boom. “The look and feel of both will be the same, and wherever possible we will go for synergy,” he said.
Matthews triumphs at the GP de Montréal
Vogel’s 60kph training crash has left her paralysed
Rapha’s axing jobs to cut its cost base
BMC sponsor CCC will back Waowdeals in 2019