GreenEdge Cycling launched in Australia
Australian pro team aims for 2012 ProTour place with a Women's team to compliment the men.
Former director of Cycling Australia's High Performance Program, Shayne Bannan, today launched what he says will be Australia's first ProTour team in 2012 that will include a full professional women's team. Still in negotiations with the UCI around the mens team, Bannan stated, "It is much easier to get a professional women's team off the ground for 2012."
"Realistically, we have the depth to have 100 percent [Australian riders] - not just for one team, but maybe two teams on the World Tour," said Banna. "But 75 percent is a really good number, not forgetting that cycling is a very global sport and the various partners we have in the future could have interests in America, or China, or Germany... So we very much want to make it a global team and an international team as well.
"I don't really think it's healthy to state that we want to be 100 percent Australian - I think that may cause a little bit of complacency," he added.
Bannan explained that the team's operating budget will be in the vicinity of 10-16 million Euros, putting it amongst the top 10 teams in terms of UCI ProTeam selection criteria.
Ryan family, which owns the Jayco caravan empire, is heavily involved in
the venture. Gerry Ryan is a long-time backer of Australian cycling and
his son Andrew will be a GreenEDGE director. Already supporting the
development of women's racing as part of the Jayco AIS and state supported
teams, the Ryan family are said to be keen to continue that support into
the women's professional ranks.
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