Brent Copeland, the manager of the team, sent his staff an e-mail with an explanation - “because the budget of 2018 is exceeded, could the last wage, not paid” - but set his people right away, don't hesitate: at the end of January will all the arrears to be paid. The prince would personally have the necessary bank guarantees have been given.
Bahrain-Merida is known as a ‘rich’ team, but, strangely enough, turns out it wasn't the first time that the payments are not on time. Insiders say that it is a practical problem - “as a result of administrative red tape” - and that the team has no real financial worries. For that reason knew the UCI also just turn the WorldTourlicentie for 2019. The advent of McLaren as a new co-sponsor must use the payments in the future float let it expire.
Even though everyone remains slow for the employees it is not a great situation. Question is how far Nibali this will take into account in his contract negotiations. He comes out after this season, free on the market: Bahrain-Merida would like two extra years with him further, but the rider negotiates with other teams. “I've already talked with Pull-Segafredo”, confirmed Nibali yesterday.