By Bryan Jew, VeloNews Senior Writer
On Friday, Mercury-Viatel’s team director at the Tour of the Gila spoke to VeloNews about the recent news of Viatel’s bankruptcy filing. Eddy Borysewicz, one of the men behind the Mercury-Viatel merger over the off-season, said that the news will not affect operations of the cycling team.
“It’s only the U.S. division that filed [Chapter 11] for protection,” he said. “The division in Euorpe, with its own network, is fine. So, we have money in the bank, everything is fine …. With the team, everything’s fine. And the European [division of Viatel] is very happy with the team.”
Borysewicz also reacted to the recent Tour de France selections, in which Mercury was left off the Tour roster in favor of two French Division II teams. “It’s bad news we don’t make Tour de France. That would make all our sponsors happy. But you do what you can do,” he said. “Mr. Leblanc does what he wants to do. That is really something, you have eight teams second division [in the Tour]. So there’s no more advantage to be Division I. The advantage is to be French. I hope UCI recognizes this and makes this race just national French race, and not give all these points and attention.”