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by Shane Stokes
September 13, 2017
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Cycling Australia has confirmed it will not provide support for the Orica-Scott women’s team and Mitchelton-Scott development team beyond the 2017 season. The news comes as the teams’ management company, GreenEdge Cycling, confirmed that owner Gerry Ryan would provide increased funding to help cover the shortfall.
“Our women’s team are one of our shining lights this year,” Ryan said. “They are delivering top results in the biggest races, Annemiek van Vleuten currently ranks number one in the world and riders like Sarah Roy have really stepped up this season.
“The same can be said for our young Continental team. In the first year of operation, they are really stepping up to the plate and showing us their potential for not only now, but in the future.
“The decision of others is out of our hands but we believe [the riders] deserve our support, and a lot more.”
CyclingTips understands that Cycling Australia’s contribution to the two teams was worth in excess of $1 million a year and included both financial and in-kind support. In confirming the end of the partnership, Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green was full of praise for Gerry Ryan and GreenEdge Cycling.
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