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by Mark Zalewski
January 19, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte attacks to win stage 2 of the Tour Down Under and take overall lead; Four Giro wildcards announced with only two Italian teams; Report into British Cycling culture expected in February; Belgian team for cyclocross World Championships announced; With no team options, Luca Paolini retires; Patrice Ciprelli, husband of Jeannie Longo, back in court for EPO import case; GreenEDGE Cycling to launch Chinese-collaboration Continental team in 2017; Snow blankets team training camps in Spain; Cycling Victoria announces new race and change to oldest event; Highlights: Men’s Santos Tour Down Under, stage 2; Nys shows he still has it while training with team; Video: Team Sunweb; Video: Riding Vertical Walls on a Bike.
A new development programme to be called Mitchelton-SCOTT is launching this year. The team will race on the UCI Continental circuit as a Chinese-registered outfit, and is the product of a collaboration by GreenEDGE Cycling with a number of parties, including the Chinese Cycling Association and Cycling Australia.
“After what we consider to be a hugely successful first five years on the world stage, at the top level of both men’s and women’s cycling, we believe we have landed in a strong position to expand our offerings to a Continental Team for 2017,” GreenEDGE Cycling owner Gerry Ryan said. “The addition of Mitchelton-SCOTT continues to support our ambitions to foster the development of young Australian riders and also extends our support to the Australasian region for whom we represent with the UCI.”
General manager Shayne Bannan, who has had a long-standing relationship with Chinese head coach Jingkan Shen since the late 1980s, said the partnership had been a long-term vision.
“Mr Shen and I have been in discussions about this project for the last decade,” Bannan explained. “To be able to contribute to the development of our local Australian riders and those from China is something we are very proud of. For China, this is the first project of its kind and it’s also the evolution of Australia’s WorldTour Academy to enhance the pathway for local riders too.”
The final Mitchelton-SCOTT roster and race plan will be finalised at the conclusion of the Australian Summer of Cycling. The team’s first race is expected to be in February/March with the majority of the racing program to be completed in Asia and Europe.