Alto Santo Toridio de Liebana (SPA): Froome increase his lead from Nibali by a few seconds, just 20″, but still earns and it’s a big sprint to the victory of the red shirt. Now there is only the fearsome stage of the Angliru on Saturday to separate him from his historic double Tour-Vuelta. Angliru, for those who did not know it is the Spanish climb twin with Mortirolo for its hardness.

If the runners’ nights at Vuelta are upset by the climbs, Cannondale Drapac team athletes are tormented by the risk of team closure next year. A situation that is not easy to handle since one hundred people are working for the US team.

Some gossip say that can arrive a sponsor who could be announced shortly, even before the end of Vuelta. Truth or just fake news is always difficult to know in these occasions where there is often lack of clarity.

Certainly, one thing that is gaining unexpected success for the green-black team is the online subscription for the team’s rescue. It’s a crowdfunding. Everyone is free to give some money. There are different levels of entry that can ensure benefits once the project reaches its goal and gets the total funding. In the specific case of Cannondale Drapac, subscribers have already paid over 500,000 euros today. The minimum share is US $ 25 up to a maximum of 50,000. The goal is set at $ 2,400,000.

The platform is indiegogo.com and the correct link is https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/saveargyle-keep-cannondale-drapac-alive-in-2018-sports#/. Over the years, I have seen many projects coming up on this platform, some beautiful and innovative, which have been able to collect only a few thousand euros. The Cannondale team surprised everyone with this initiative that at first seemed to be a kind of desperation.

Why should a person give some money for this cause? A supporter does so because he is passionate about a cause that he thinks is right. At a later stage, when the project is funded and part, it can benefit. For example, if you finance a startup that produces a good, you can enjoy a major discount compared to its sales price. It’s a bet, maybe something more, an act of trust.

Let’s take an extreme example. The supporter who subscribe the maximum, which is $ 50,000, will have the following benefits:

  • 2 day invitation to the team’s training camp
  • invitation to 4 days of selected race day
  • hospitality on the team’s flagship during one of the four chosen race days

Other high benefits like:

  • access to unpublished content
  • access to the reserved area of ​​the site
  • Entering your name on the sponsors page
  • invitation to the train with the team (date to be defined)
  • other

The most symbolic offer for the $ 25 donor.

  • the enjoyment of unpublished content
  • access to the reserved site area
  • sending #SaveArgyle stickers

A bit of technicality to note after having consulted campaign experts of this type. The phrase Flexible goal under the target figure means that the bidder can lower the target goal. For the sake of accuracy it is stated in addition “the campaign will receive all funds raised even if it does not reach its goal”. In practice even if the target is not reached the money will be kept by the proposer.

Usually, in case of failure to reach the Indiegogo condition is to return the happen to the supporters / donors.

Did we convince you? Today 4268 people have believed in this crowdfunding campaign.



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