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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

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