New sponsorship casts doubt on whether Australia still has a World Tour cycling team

17 June 2020 05:30
For the remainder of 2020 GreenEdge Cycling will be labelled Team Manuela FundaciónEver since the formation of GreenEdge Cycling in January 2011, its key personnel have stressed the Australian connection. It was the first Australian-registered World Tour team. It was owned by an Australian, wealthy businessman Gerry Ryan, and run by Australians, Shayne Bannan and Matt White. Its roster would be predominantly Australian: initial signings included Simon Gerrans, Robbie McEwen and Stuart O’Grady, while the team later developed the likes of Amanda Spratt, Michael Matthews and Jack Haig. Even as GreenEdge became more international, signing star riders from England, the Netherlands and Colombia, Ryan was insistent that it remained “a global team with Australian DNA”. Related: 'We’ve got a new plan': coronavirus shifts the finish line for Australia's Olympic athletes Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian