Alonso buys World Tour professional cycling team

Fernando Alonso is a keen cyclist
Fernando Alonso is a keen cyclist

Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso is poised to become the partner owner of a professional cycling team.

On Sunday, the Ferrari driver sent the ‘Twittersphere’ into a frenzy when he announced that “important news” would shortly be announced.

Some wondered if he would announce a switch to Red Bull, confirm Kimi Raikkonen as his next teammate, or perhaps reveal his engagement to Russian model girlfriend Dasha.

Actually, specialist cycling media outlets on Monday said that Alonso, a road cycling and fitness enthusiast, has bought the Spanish World Tour team Euskatel-Euskadi.

El Periodico said that Alonso and his sponsors will fund a € 6 million budget for 2014 for the team, which was set to fold at the end of this year.

Euskaltel-Euskadi, from the Basque region, released a statement confirming the agreement with Alonso, adding that more information will be forthcoming. (GMM)

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