ROAMFREE.COM boss Tony Smith has once again put his money where his mouth is by pledging $20m in sponsorship towards the first Australia’s first Tour de France cycling team. Smith made the decision after meeting champion cyclist Robbie McEwen at a BBQ. “He told me there wasn’t an Australian team,” Smith told the Daily Telegraph. “If someone wants it to happen, like me, you have to put up the money.”

The sponsorship is over four years. Starting a team in the 2009 Tour de France the initial goal and, while $20m is anything but small change, more money is still needed to make this dream a reality as it costs $15m a year to run a top-class team.

Travel Trends: August 15, 2007

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