Gerry Ryan, the owner of the GreenEdge cycling teams, has confirmed he will directly help to fund the women’s and under-23 Continental teams for 2018 as the search continues for a title sponsor for all three GreenEdge teams, including the Orica-Scott men’s WorldTour squad.
Orica announced that it would it end its title sponsorship after the 2017 season. Scott agreed a three-year title sponsorship that started this season, but a replacement for Orica has still to be secured. Cyclingnews understands that Ryan and his companies will also cover any budget shortfall for the men’s WorldTour team in 2018 and 2019.
The team will continue to have Esteban Chaves, Adam and Simon Yates and Paris-Roubaix winner Mat Hayman as team leaders. The Australian team has also signed Mikel Nieve from Team Sky, Matteo Trentin and Jack Bauer from Quick-Step Floors, and Cameron Meyer.
Ryan’s decision to fund the Mitchelton-Scott men’s Continental team and the women’s Orica-Scott team comes after riders and staff were notified by Cycling Australia that its contribution to the two programs would no longer continue after the conclusion of this season. The futures of the High5 Dream Team and the Australian High5 National Development team are also at risk.
Cycling Australia is currently undergoing a shake-up after disappointing results at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the appointment of Britain’s Simon Jones as head of High Performance.
Last week Jones sparked controversy after choosing to select just five women for the World Championships, citing tactical and performance reasons. Riders missing out on a place in Norway included Australia’s top-ranked rider this year, Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipollini), who plans to appeal the decision. Four of the five riders selected are from the Orica-Scott women’s team.
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