British Cycling’s director of performance, Dave Brailsford, has revealed plans for an overall British win in the Tour de France.
Speaking in a video on the BBC website, Brailsford (pictured) gave some information on the business plan he is working on for a possible launch in 2010.
“You can?t consider anything below the six million pounds mark,” Brailsford said talking of the team?s budget.
“We wouldn?t want to go in it at Professional Continental level, we?d want to go in at top tier.”
“I?m coming at it from a slightly different angle, with funding by different revenue streams. I?ve got a business model that establishes a team brand that will around for a long time that people can get emotionally attached to. We?ve been working on a name, which would then be financed by sponsors.”
Brailsford named Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins, Dan Martin and even David Millar as possible recruits for the team but confirmed he wasn?t against some riders from other countries.
“The core of the team would have to be British but if we had to pull one or two other riders in, we wouldn?t be against that,” he said.
“But it?ll be a British team, British managed, British owned and everything would be British about it.”
“We?ve got the talent to do anything we want, just like any nation. I think we can perform at any level.”
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