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by Shane Stokes
November 24, 2017
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The successful IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness Team will have a new title in 2018 after the announcement of a new naming rights sponsor for the squad. The team will be known as Bennelong SwissWellness Cycling Team p/b Cervelo, following an agreement with Australian financial services company Bennelong Funds Management. IsoWhey Sports will remain involved as the official nutrition provider.
The team has had considerable success identifying and developing new talent, and has also taken the last eight NRS titles in Australia. Bennelong Funds Management CEO Craig Bingham said that the team’s past work is a big part of the new relationship. “The Bennelong SwissWellness Cycling Team focuses on identifying and developing talent, and at Bennelong we’re always on the lookout for the next big thing too,” he said.
“We already had a great relationship with the team, particularly given the popularity of cycling with many financial advisers, and are looking forward to building a successful partnership together.”
The final lineup for 2018 is still being finalised, but the squad has announced four new riders. They are Dylan Sunderland, Ayden Toovey and Tristan Ward from New South Wales, and the South African Brendon Davids. The latter’s successes include overall victory at the Battle Recharge and a stage plus the general classification in the Jelajah Malaysia tour.
“We’ve had a few mountain bikers on the team before and they all turned out pretty well,” said team director Andrew Christie-Johnston, who praised Davids on his Battle ride. “So we hope Brendon will add to that list. I am really happy with how the whole roster is coming together; this could be our best team ever.”