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Professional Cycling => Men's Road Cycling => Topic started by: Leadbelly on June 21, 2019, 20:17

Title: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on June 21, 2019, 20:17
https://twitter.com/MadisonGenesis/status/1142130062919131136

Madison will stop at the end of the year. No messing around looking for a new sponsor, they'll just stop.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Servais Knavendish on June 21, 2019, 20:59
Great shame - uk conti scene in disarray - world champs this year but national scene disintegrating.  just not enough events with any real profile to give sponsors a return, and of course huge (possible positive) shadow cast by ti.  Does that leave just Wiggins / canyon and vitus; heading back to a club based structure perhaps?

Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on June 26, 2019, 09:05
https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1143787035402100738

#axeon -----------> CT

This will mean no California, but tbh this move isn't so surprising. Up until the recently finished Baby Giro they were the PCT outfit with the fewest amount of race days. Yes, even less than Novo Nordisk. Money was obviously an issue[1] and with these new rules coming into force next year about having at least 20 riders at this level, the writing was on the wall.
 1. Did they only manage to stay at PCT this year with Philipsen and Evenepoel transfer fees?
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: pastronef on June 29, 2019, 10:11
https://www.twitter.com/inrng/status/1144888748120989697
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on June 29, 2019, 18:43
https://www.twitter.com/inrng/status/1144888748120989697

Is Inner Ring correct about the last bit? I couldn't find the article in the online Gazzetta, but SpazioCiclismo reports it differently with Alpecin jumping ship to sponsor Corendon (where Canyon already supply the bikes), leaving Katusha to find another sponsor to replace them.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on July 01, 2019, 08:54
I heard that there may be an open door at Bora... but yeah, Alpecin is definitely looking for opportunities, to say so.

Over in Italy, #nippo Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizanè may close doors at the end of the season, with Vini Fantini potentially joining #bardiani Bardiani as a sponsor

http://www.cicloweb.it/2019/06/30/la-nippo-vini-fantini-chiude-a-fine-stagione-lo-sponsor-pronto-a-legarsi-alla-bardiani/

Some of the better riders could move over with them I guess. According to Beppe Conti, they also want to sign #dimension Giacomo Nizzolo
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on July 01, 2019, 11:06
Over in Italy, #nippo Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizanè may close doors at the end of the season, with Vini Fantini potentially joining #bardiani Bardiani as a sponsor

http://www.cicloweb.it/2019/06/30/la-nippo-vini-fantini-chiude-a-fine-stagione-lo-sponsor-pronto-a-legarsi-alla-bardiani/

Some of the better riders could move over with them I guess. According to Beppe Conti, they also want to sign #dimension Giacomo Nizzolo

That could be bad news for Androni and their chances of scoring a wildcard for next year's Giro.

RCS have a bit of a thing for the Green Machine (whereas the opposite is true for Androni) and this has seen them get the nod for the Giro even after drug busts and an overall low level of rider ability. So if they get extra funds and a few bigger names (raising that rider/results level to a fair standard), then it's difficult to see them not being invited.

Personally I'd rather see Kometa and Androni, but I'm not sure that will happen now.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on July 01, 2019, 17:56
That could be bad news for Androni and their chances of scoring a wildcard for next year's Giro.

Personally I'd rather see Kometa and Androni, but I'm not sure that will happen now.
With the *hu Grande Partenza announced and presented, Kometa will have about the same doubts about their Giro wildcard as Israel Cycling Academy had after the announcement of the *il Grande Partenza.
That is to say, none at all.

With the change in plans and the WT apparently being 20 teams next year now, that leaves only one wildcard for the Italian teams ... Will it still go to the winner of the Ciclismo Cup?
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on July 01, 2019, 18:11
That leaves only one wildcard for the Italian teams ... Will it still go to the winner of the Ciclismo Cup?

Nope. Unsurprisingly, and you can't blame them for this, RCS have revoked that gateway to the Giro.

Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on July 01, 2019, 18:17
Nope. Unsurprisingly, and you can't blame them for this, RCS have revoked that gateway to the Giro.
So it comes down to which Italian ProConti team has the most 'good arguments' ... :betting
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on July 01, 2019, 20:15
will there be a 2nd Hungarian PCT team though, or will Rebellin sign for Kometa?
With the *hu Grande Partenza announced and presented, Kometa will have about the same doubts about their Giro wildcard as Israel Cycling Academy had after the announcement of the *il Grande Partenza.
That is to say, none at all.

there may be a 2nd Hungarian PCT team though. Or will Rebellin sign for Kometa? :dizzy
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on July 02, 2019, 23:04
there may be a 2nd Hungarian PCT team though. Or will Rebellin sign for Kometa? :dizzy
That is the first I've ever heard about that. Pannon? :S
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on July 03, 2019, 09:16
no idea, I just read that Rebellin wants to continue if he gets a PCT deal, and that he is in touch with a team from Hungary potentially stepping up
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on July 06, 2019, 12:22
https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1147460318815293441

Uncertain future for Roompot - Charles. It's 50-50 according to Breukink.

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“We told the riders exactly what it is: there is no certainty. They have the space to go to another team. We don't want to be aware that someone has a chance, that rider then waits for us for a little while and then it is over.

Van Schip should have some suitors.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on July 09, 2019, 14:10
https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1148555109896466432

BinckBank getting involved with Beat Cycling. PCT is an eventual aim which could be good news for some of the potentially out of work Roompotters.

The name will remain as it is currently. BinckBank Beat would be an alliterative nightmare.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on July 10, 2019, 20:06
Katusha Rumours

#1

https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1148956575048052737

Katusha hasn't applied for a WT licence and the riders are free to go.

#2

https://twitter.com/SpazioCiclismo/status/1148912249341456389

Katusha and Corendon merge.

#3

https://twitter.com/Cyclingnewsfeed/status/1148976601461383171

The Geeeeeeks are in talks with Katusha about a take-over/merger.

#4

https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1149022829553360896

Azevedo denies riders are free to go and is working on the future of the team.

The rest day might bring confirmation of something or other.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on July 11, 2019, 10:05
Katusha Rumours

The rest day might bring confirmation of something or other.
The way I understand it, Alpecin and Canyon want to sponsor the team of MvdP, leaving Katusha at the end of the year. So it wouldn't be a merger as much as Katusha lacking the funds to go on.

Here's my take:
- Azevedo is stating the current legal situation (riders are still under contract), but it has little to no basis in reality. What good is a contract if the team it's with lacks ~60% of its current funding?

- "Team MvdP" will upgrade with a couple of signings and new sponsorship - but still stay PCT (for now). Corendon has been taken over by Sunweb, so they're probably on their way out as a (title) sponsor. Whether the 2020 team is called Alpecin-Circus, Alpecin-Canyon, or something entirely different is almost academical.

- #academy buy out Azevedo & co. with an offer he can't refuse, taking over Katusha's WT licence, and finally get that Tour invite they're after. They have been clever enough not to give out long-term contracts, so they can absorb the 10-11 riders that would come over from Katusha and still have enough room to sign whoever they want. Bad news for the likes of Carisey, Schreurs etc., but that's business.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on July 17, 2019, 09:25
some more stuff from Japanese media about the end of #nippo Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizanè at the end of the season

https://cyclist.sanspo.com/480782

(Sports director) Hiroshi Daimon says, that Pelosi just couldn't secure the money to keep things going. Currently the team runs at a 350 Million Yen (~2.9 million Euro) budget, to continue under the new UCI rules (more riders, more races, more staff, increased mimimum wage) it would take 550 Million Yen.

Sponsors would potentially be willing to get on board or increase their spendings, but the uncertainties in terms of participation in the big races (and particularly Grand Tours) are just too big currently, as now one knows what exactly the Wild Card rules will look like in 2020, and no one would invest money based on rumors only.

He says that the relationship between all sponsors and the team management is fine, but there's no way they can continue under this circumstances. Personally Daimon thinks that about half of the 24 current pro continental teams will share the same fate.

Some teams may try to keep the budget low by only increasing the amount of riders (instead of also investing in what it needs to keep a larger team going), but this will mean that many of them won't race for weeks or months, and that's not the way Nippo wanted to go.

He expects the sponsor to stay in cycling one way or another though.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on July 18, 2019, 09:01
IAM pulls the plug. Again.

(https://scontent-dus1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/67205100_861834310849615_7166292661547040768_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_oc=AQnipnPl6iccf9YwUComb_wLlDNNf1eJ2m1ftviah4407rwJGBpPnbjETbDU4cdeaXw&_nc_ht=scontent-dus1-1.xx&oh=61b7d2f9778cc213a1eac0352a9eb612&oe=5DA4A56E)
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on July 18, 2019, 10:25
IAM pulls the plug. Again.
Wow.
IAM are extremely good at funding a promising project, then pulling the rug away from under its feet when it has just found firm ground to stand on and make further steps.
:fp


In other news, Alecto CT loses its main sponsor:
https://alectocyclingteam.nl/hoofdsponsor-alecto-verlengt-het-sponsorcontract-niet/ (https://alectocyclingteam.nl/hoofdsponsor-alecto-verlengt-het-sponsorcontract-niet/)
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on July 20, 2019, 19:59
Katusha Rumour #5

https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20190716_04512782

A new potential merger partner would be Gazprom. It makes mucho sense from a nationality perspective. The problem is that both teams have unofficially lost their best Russian riders already - Zakarin to CCC and Vlasov to Astana.

Katusha Rumour #6

https://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/worldtour/katusha-alpecin-igor-makarov-pronto-a-salvare-il-team-anche-senza-un-nuovo-sponsor/

In the event of no merger happening then Makarov would put his hand in his pocket to ensure the team continues (but at what level?).
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on July 23, 2019, 08:31
https://www.tuttobiciweb.it/article/2019/07/22/1563829382/deceuninck-quick-step-team-monti

New devo team for Deceuninck.

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The Belgian team is preparing to open another page dedicated to young people.

The attention of Levefere and his staff fell on Team Monti, an Italian Continental team that will be led by Riccardo Magrini in the role of team manager and who will be able to count on an exceptional technical staff. In 2020 the team will be mainly Italian - composed of Under 23 athletes, probably twelve - but from 2021 riders from other countries could become part of the nursery with the ambition to arrive in the future to the World Tour team.

There was also news about the team becoming the official partner of the Tour de l'Avenir.

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The collaboration will begin this year: our staff members will attend the 56th edition briefing, in the presence of all the riders. We will be protagonists of a strong collaboration on social media to promote race, ethics, values ​​and vocation as a springboard to the professional world ".

Scheduled for August, this year's edition will be just the first step in a multi-year agreement that will see Deceuninck - Quick-Step providing logistical support in 2020 to a selection of young runners who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to be at the start of the Tour de l'Avenir.

What that means I don't know. Will they be supporting the Eritrean team at this year's event? Surely they'll want their new devo team at future events.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on July 27, 2019, 20:11
There may be a 2nd Hungarian PCT team though. Or will Rebellin sign for Kometa? :dizzy

https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1155094450051440642

Epowers Factory Team.

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“The team will be essentially Hungarian, but we will also contract a number of European cyclists. And I mean mainly French and Italian drivers. ”One of those riders is an old acquaintance: Davide Rebellin. The 47-year-old Italian is currently heading for the Croatian Meridiana Kamen.

“We will soon also appoint a sporting director who is responsible for putting together a team. We want to attract at least three very good riders, so that we are immediately competitive. ”

In short, Pocze and Epowers Factory Team want to go to the Giro, but previously Kometa - the training team of Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso - also wanted to participate in the Tour of Italy. This is not surprising, since main sponsor Kometa is a Hungarian company.

"I know, however, that we are the only Hungarian team eligible for a wildcard," said Pocze.

I'm very sceptical, but you never know.

As to the last point, the general consensus is that Kometa will be an Italian registered PCT outfit, so he's technically right about Epowers being the only Hungarian applicant.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on July 28, 2019, 15:38
Epowers Factory Team.

I'm very sceptical, but you never know.
New team built from scratch, wants to get a Giro wildcard, signs Rebellin ... :S
I'll believe it when the Giro announces to have invited them.

Until then, this is just a marketing gimmick.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on July 29, 2019, 09:40
:carrot :carrot :carrot

https://twitter.com/Bizkaia_MD/status/1155541203129159681

Fundacion Euskadi ----------> PCT

To be confirmed in the next few days when Landa gets back from France.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on August 24, 2019, 10:35
https://twitter.com/faustocoppi60/status/1164909100867706881

All quiet on the Kometa front so far (other than their riders rumoured to be signing elsewhere) as the EPowers rumours gain some traction.

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Among the first riders hired there are Davide Rebellin, 48, who wants to end his career in the Giro, and Viktor Filutás, the best among the Giro E riders. There will be 20 riders (6 Hungarians), and among those in the crosshairs of the Magyar team there is Damiano Cima, who likes very much, as well as the young Filippo Magli (Mastromarco) and Eduardo Sepulveda (Movistar).
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on August 24, 2019, 16:04
https://twitter.com/OfficialWIGGINS/status/1165262662361653249
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on August 26, 2019, 18:51
#nippo may be stopping - but Nippo continue as a cycling sponsor:
https://teamdelkomarseilleprovence.com/nippo-et-le-team-delko-marseille-provence-en-2020/ (https://teamdelkomarseilleprovence.com/nippo-et-le-team-delko-marseille-provence-en-2020/)

They're joining up with #delko Delko Marseille Provence.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on August 28, 2019, 08:50
#katusha Dani Navarro says that the team didn't give any riders under contract the permission to sign elsewhere. He hopes that this is a good sign that #katusha Katusha will keep going, in whatever way

https://www.ciclo21.com/dani-navarro-no-sabemos-nada-del-futuro/
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on August 29, 2019, 20:20
https://twitter.com/VitalConcept_BB/status/1167121923668631552

Vital Concept - B&B Hotels ---------------> B&B Hotels - Vital Concept

More money and more foreign riders.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on August 30, 2019, 09:23
Vital Concept - B&B Hotels ---------------> B&B Hotels - Vital Concept

More money and more foreign riders.
Maybe that will finally get them a Tour wildcard? :-x
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on August 30, 2019, 18:32
Maybe that will finally get them a Tour wildcard? :-x

If Katusha go the way of the dodo, there's definitely a possibility, but going by this interview (https://www.cyclismactu.net/news-itw-jerome-pineau-ce-que-font-les-autres-peu-m-importe-86190.html) they won't be going out and signing big names this year. Some helpers for Coquard and a few youngsters are much more likely.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on September 03, 2019, 18:53
https://as.com/ciclismo/2019/09/02/vuelta_espana/1567444026_799985.html

Things are looking grim for Euskadi - Murias.

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Euskadi-Murias, present in the Tour of Spain as one of the four guests to the race (together with Burgos BH, Caja Rural and Cofidis), has a very complicated continuity in the platoon in 2020 due to lack of liquidity. The situation is such that runners have total freedom to accept offers from other teams for the next season.

There just aren't the riders or money for two PCT Basque teams and most of the local sponsors are with the Fundacion. A merger would be the sensible option, but even post-Madariaga that doesn't seem a goer.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on September 11, 2019, 13:22
Rider announcements have let slip that Dimension Data will be Team NTT next season. 

Unfamiliar as I am with the world of high finance and megabusinesses, my understanding is that Dimension Data (based in Johannesburg) is no longer merely owned by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (Tokyo), but is under (since 1st July) a holding company NTT Ltd (in London).  The overall holding company is many times the size of the DD business (which was already big enough to be able to give an Ineos busting budget without any real difference to the bottom line), but who knows what their business culture will be as regards disposition to sponsor.  Their signings do not suggest a hugely expanded budget.

There seems to be some retention of Middle East and African aspects of Dimension Data outside NTT Ltd, but not the cycling team.  So where will the team be registered?  Will it still be "Africa's Team" (according to CQ, only 2 of their 9 African riders are contracted for next year), and what of the Qhubeka promotion?
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on September 13, 2019, 13:46
Katusha Rumour #62

https://twitter.com/Biarnes72/status/1172415683730132992

Corendon, ICA, Arkea, Team Waoo?
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on September 13, 2019, 18:11
Katusha Rumour #114

https://twitter.com/laflammerouge16/status/1172552834551885824

The original Ciclo21 article is here (https://www.ciclo21.com/israel-katusha-la-fusion-que-viene-al-world-tour/).
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on September 17, 2019, 17:53
Rider announcements have let slip that Dimension Data will be Team NTT next season. 

Unfamiliar as I am with the world of high finance and megabusinesses, my understanding is that Dimension Data (based in Johannesburg) is no longer merely owned by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (Tokyo), but is under (since 1st July) a holding company NTT Ltd (in London).  The overall holding company is many times the size of the DD business (which was already big enough to be able to give an Ineos busting budget without any real difference to the bottom line), but who knows what their business culture will be as regards disposition to sponsor.  Their signings do not suggest a hugely expanded budget.

There seems to be some retention of Middle East and African aspects of Dimension Data outside NTT Ltd, but not the cycling team.  So where will the team be registered?  Will it still be "Africa's Team" (according to CQ, only 2 of their 9 African riders are contracted for next year), and what of the Qhubeka promotion?
I don't see the registration country changing from South Africa.
They will probably re-sign a couple more of their Africans and/or promote some guys from the Conti team, but the "Africa's Team" aspect won't have much priority anymore - if we're honest, it hasn't had much priority ever since they signed Cav and made the move to the WorldTour.

To develop African cycling, staying at ProConti level well-knowing that their best prospects would be picked up by bigger teams each year would have been much better. But the lure of the WorldTour was too big, and now it's basically just another team.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on September 26, 2019, 08:44
https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20190925_04627172 (https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20190925_04627172)

Het Nieuwsblad reports that the #academy #katusha merger is finally a done deal. They also say that ICA already has 27 riders under contract for 2020, not only 10 as e.g. on PCS - which doesn't leave room for all 11 TKA riders. Four of them, including Dowsett and Strakhov, will not be taken on.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on September 26, 2019, 08:57
27 + 7 = 34 :slow

Unless the 27 already includes the seven riders that will remain from Katusha.

The four who aren't making the cut will at least have their contracts paid for next year which, although it's late in the season, will make finding a new team that bit easier.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on September 26, 2019, 13:01
27 + 7 = 34 :slow
Yeah, I know.
It doesn't add up for me either.

Let's wait and see.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on September 29, 2019, 13:43
https://as.com/ciclismo/2019/09/02/vuelta_espana/1567444026_799985.html

Things are looking grim for Euskadi - Murias.

https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1178285731065802753

The future is hanging by a thread.

Several of the riders are expected to sign for the Fundacion.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on October 04, 2019, 20:13
https://twitter.com/GebaTeam/status/1180059696465633280

Adios Differdange after a lengthy innings.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on October 05, 2019, 05:24
https://twitter.com/Pelotonby/status/1180238198091464704
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on October 05, 2019, 18:14
https://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/worldtour/israel-cycling-academy-anche-vini-fantini-tra-gli-sponsor-della-nuova-formazione-worldtour/

Vini Fantini on the ICA kits?
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on October 17, 2019, 08:42
Adios Differdange after a lengthy innings.
:(

I've run into the team several times over the years, from Italy via Romania and the Netherlands to Norway.
It's been a good time - and they gave me my first-ever race convoy experience back in the final stage of the 2013 Giro del Friuli Venezia Giulia when their local mechanic had to catch a train home mid-stage and was looking for a replacement. Good thing none of their riders suffered any mechanicals! :D
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: pastronef on October 22, 2019, 11:43
Cofidis rumored to ride DeRosa-Campagnolo

Movistar rumored no more Campagnolo (and confirmed no more Endura kits)

Katusha-Israel? any news?
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on October 23, 2019, 21:02
https://twitter.com/sarpergunsal/status/1187022625127747584

Salcano are dropping back down to the amateur level. Next year's MTB Marathon World Championships are being held in Sakarya and that is using up a lot of available local funds (or at least that's the gist I'm getting from Google Translate).

They've had an excellent season. Admittedly they have benefited a lot from the bumper racing calendar which Turkey enjoys these days and that's where virtually all of their results have come from. It's been good enough for them to finish 18th in the European Tour team ranking classement. Ahead of some PCT teams and the second CT team in table.

Katusha-Israel? any news?

Argon18 bikes was the rumour a few weeks back.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on October 29, 2019, 12:57
unconfirmed so far, but apparently some riders got mails from the new EPowers team that the project (they signed for) is not going to happen

https://www.tuttobiciweb.it/article/2019/10/29/1572344054/epowers-sandro-lerici-davide-rebellin-epowers-factory-team-squadra-ungherese-ungheria
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on October 29, 2019, 16:53
unconfirmed so far, but apparently some riders got mails from the new EPowers team that the project (they signed for) is not going to happen
Why am I not really surprised? :S
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on October 30, 2019, 08:33
Why am I not really surprised? :S

meanwhile team manager Sandro Lerici has explained the situation. He says that he is still hopeful that everything will turn out good, but currently they are running through some problems they didn't expect, and he wanted to be open to the riders and keep them informed.

https://www.tuttobiciweb.it/article/2019/10/29/1572372332/sandro-lerici-contratti-uci-epowers
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on October 30, 2019, 15:24
currently there are running through some problems they didn't expect
That much is obvious. Otherwise they'd have been on the list of licence applicants the UCI sent out in early October.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on November 04, 2019, 09:37
There'll be a state funded CT team again in Colombia next year, the "Colombia Tierra de Atletas-GW Bicicletas", including a men's elite team, a women's one, U23 and some youth stuff. It will use the structures of the current #strongman Coldeportes Bicicletas Strongman team.

The men's team include some well known names:

#interpro Hernán Aguirre
#strongman Oscar Quiroz
#strongman Brayan Hernández
#claro Miguel Rubiano
#strongman Diego Cano
#cajarural Nelson Soto
#strongman William Muñoz
#strongman Omar Mendoza
#beltrami Ignacio Montoya
#strongman Camilo Andrés Pedroza

The Strongman always used to do some races in Europe in the first half of the year, and from what I have heard, they are interested in doining a certain race in July in 2020. So I guess we can expect them to see there European program being enlarged a bit.

https://www.revistamundociclistico.com/2019/presentado-en-armenia-el-programa-colombia-tierra-de-atletas-gw-bicicletas/
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on November 04, 2019, 09:55
with #neri Sebastian Schönberger rumoured to be bought out of his Neri Sottoli contract by #vital Vital Concept, it looks likely that KTM will move over and supply the French team (currently riding Orbea bikes, who will be with #fundacion Euskadi exclusively in 2020) with bikes next year instead

https://twitter.com/Biarnes72/status/1189894769432023040

no idea what this means for Neri. They have signed some youngsters, but most good guys (and there weren't exactly many of them) seem to be leaving.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on November 04, 2019, 19:58
There'll be a state funded CT team again in Colombia next year, the "Colombia Tierra de Atletas-GW Bicicletas", including a men's elite team, a women's one, U23 and some youth stuff. It will use the structures of the current #strongman Coldeportes Bicicletas Strongman team.

The Strongman always used to do some races in Europe in the first half of the year, and from what I have heard, they are interested in doining a certain race in July in 2020. So I guess we can expect them to see there European program being enlarged a bit.
Is Claudio Corti still involved in this, or have the Colombians finally seen him for what he is?
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on November 04, 2019, 20:33
Is Claudio Corti still involved in this, or have the Colombians finally seen him for what he is?
His son Marco lost his position as a DS after the end of the 2018 season, so I guess he is not involved anymore
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on November 07, 2019, 08:39
https://twitter.com/sticky_bottle/status/1191839063969533952

as expected, this "high budget, aiming to go PCT" project didn't work out as good as advertized.

Race participations were cancelled late on, and looking at the schedule of guys without money on the bank (like Lizde or Zhupa), it's probably likely that were busy working in the Pizza shop next door to feed the family instead. Wippert pulled through but retired now, which fits the picture.

Good bye, #evopro EvoPro :wave
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on November 11, 2019, 20:47
https://twitter.com/IntejaDCT/status/1193986710238941184

Diego and co will need a new title sponsor if they are to continue. Inteja are withdrawing their sponsorship.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on November 12, 2019, 16:37
#floyd Floyd's Pro Cycling didn't last too long either

http://www.floydscycling.com/blog/floyds-pro-cycling-to-cease-operations/
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on November 12, 2019, 16:57
I do wonder if Aevolo might be in trouble as well. The only news we've had from that quarter is two of their younger guys (Vollmer and Sheehan) deciding the grass is greener on the other side of the Atlantic and trying their luck with French DN1 clubs.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Drummer Boy on November 12, 2019, 18:40
#floyd Floyd's Pro Cycling didn't last too long either

http://www.floydscycling.com/blog/floyds-pro-cycling-to-cease-operations/
I just saw that!  :o

 :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

Better get these in while I can...

#floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd

(https://runningmagazine.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Screenshot-930.png)

Nothing in their Twitter feed, which has been inactive for months now.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on November 12, 2019, 22:41
Nothing in their Twitter feed, which has been inactive for months now.
They probably focused their energies on the team's last races.
If they knew they were winding down, the motivation to keep Social Media on full blast will have been small.

Doing it anyway might have helped in securing a new sponsor - but knowing the US cycling scene (and cycling in general, if we're honest), it might also just have been a lot of effort for nothing.

Shame to see another team closing shop. :(
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Drummer Boy on November 13, 2019, 01:02
Shame to see another team closing shop. :(

I suspect that this would've been their fate a year ago had Floyd not stepped in. It seems that his contributions were just enough to keep them above water for one more year.

I wonder how aggressively they were seeking sponsorship for 2020. They seemed to do all that they could, with some good placings and visibility, but they must of known from the outset that Floyd wouldn't be able to sustain the team on his own.
 
Plus, have they no respect for your team smileys?!?!   :yuush

#floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd

I'm also forced to wonder what will become of their team kits and, more importantly, those team bikes.   :snooty

(https://www.vandesselcycles.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/VanDesselMotivusMaximusTealP-1112x700.jpg)
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on November 13, 2019, 12:08
I suspect that this would've been their fate a year ago had Floyd not stepped in. It seems that his contributions were just enough to keep them above water for one more year.
Oh, I agree. The team would have closed last year already if it hadn't been for Floyd.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on November 14, 2019, 22:59
#aevolo

I shouldn't have been worried about their future after all.

there should be a new US continental team as well next season. Haven't heard much, but could be some of the old Jamis crew
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Twowheels on November 15, 2019, 00:32
Heard same rumor - Tom or Sebastian begins it maybe? Probably good with a team or two folding. Wonder what gear the new team is on.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on November 15, 2019, 07:58
yeah, I heard that Sebas was looking for races for "his new team", but as it just turned out, he will be with #aevolo Aevolo as a DS next year.

So either (his) plans changed, or it was just a misinterpretation because of the wording.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Leadbelly on November 22, 2019, 05:42
Vini Fantini on the ICA kits?

Yes.

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/sport/altrisport/la_farnese_vini_riporta_italia_world_tour_firmato_contratto_sciotti_la_israel_cycling_academy-4877719.html

With Sbaragli surprisingly leaving and Minali surely heading for the exit, that will leave Cimolai as the sole Italian. Could Stinky be a late transfer in to bolster the numbers?
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on November 22, 2019, 07:41
Could Stinky be a late transfer in to bolster the numbers?
Who is Stinky?!
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on November 22, 2019, 07:57
Dottore Domenico

The Epowers dream is over btw

https://www.tuttobiciweb.it/article/2019/11/21/1574369882/ungheria-epowers-factory-team
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on November 22, 2019, 12:00
Dottore Domenico
Ah.
But why Stinky? :S

The Epowers dream is over btw

https://www.tuttobiciweb.it/article/2019/11/21/1574369882/ungheria-epowers-factory-team
No surprise there.
Just sad for all the riders who put their faith in these guys. :(
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on November 22, 2019, 12:53
Ah.
But why Stinky? :S

https://twitter.com/friebos/status/192956841393799168
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on November 28, 2019, 08:03
some changes of bike suppliers, confirmed in today's Het Nieuwusblad:

#astana Astana: from Argon 18 to Wilier
#academy Israel Cycling Academy: from de Rosa to Factor
#cofidis Cofidis: from Kuota to de Rosa
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: LukasCPH on November 28, 2019, 11:42
some changes of bike suppliers, confirmed in today's Het Nieuwusblad:

#astana Astana: from Argon 18 to Wilier
#academy Israel Cycling Academy: from de Rosa to Factor
#cofidis Cofidis: from Kuota to de Rosa
Astana with an Italian bike ... expect some Italian signings (of bigger calibre than Boaro and Martinelli) for 2021.
ICA has been rumoured for a while, now confirmed.
Cofidis - their new WT status and guaranteed Giro invite will have played a role, I believe. Maybe even a special kit for the Giro?

Do Kuota and Argon 18 have any pro teams for 2020?
And which bikes will #total use now? Still Wilier?
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Joelsim on November 28, 2019, 12:12
Argon 18 need to change their name to Aragon to keep Carlton happy.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on December 10, 2019, 18:39
Over in Italy, #neri Neri steps down as the name sponsor of Scinto's team, and Farnese up again. The team will be called Vini Zabù KTM in 2020.

http://www.neriselleitaliaktm.com/en/vini-zabu-ktm-a-new-era-begins/
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Joelsim on December 10, 2019, 22:44
Over in Italy, #neri Neri steps down as the name sponsor of Scinto's team, and Farnese up again. The team will be called Vini Zabù KTM in 2020.

http://www.neriselleitaliaktm.com/en/vini-zabu-ktm-a-new-era-begins/

The UCI announces the WorldTour and ProTour teams, but continues to evaluate the Mitchelton-Scott
The UCI has made public the list of the 19 WorldTeam teams and the UCI Proteams of 2020. In the highest category the occupation of the Katusha Alpecin square by the Israel Academy has been accepted, but the documentation sent by the Mitchelton Scott

As for the UCI Proteams, the three Spanish teams appear on the list: Caja Rural - Seguros RGA, Fundacion - Orbea and Burgos-BH and the documents submitted by BINGOL - WB (tbc - BEL) are still being evaluated.

Release:

UCI WorldTeams

With regard to the attribution of UCI WorldTour licenses for the period 2020-2022, and after a complete review of the documentation received based on all attribution criteria (ethical, financial, administrative, organizational and sports area), and compliance with the UCI Regulation (art. 2.15.011), the UCI Licensing Commission has decided to grant UCI WorldTour licenses, subject to compliance with the provisions for annual registration during the period, to the following teams [name of the team (UCI code - Nationality)]:

AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM - FRA)
ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST - KAZ)
BAHRAIN - MCLAREN (TBM - BRN)
BORA - HANSGROHE (BOH - GER)
CCC TEAM (CCC - POL)
COFIDIS (COF - FRA) - new UCI WorldTeam
DECEUNINCK - QUICK - STEP (DQT - BEL)
EF EDUCATION FIRST (EF1 - USA)
GROUPAMA - FDJ (GFC - FRA)
ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY (ICA - ISR)
LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS - BEL)
MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV - ESP)
NTT PRO CYCLING TEAM (NTT - RSA)
TEAM INEOS (INS - GBR)
TEAM JUMBO - VISMA (TJV - NED)
TEAM SUNWEB (SUN - GER)
TREK - SEGAFREDO (TFS - USA)
UAE TEAM EMIRATES (UAD - UAE).

The documentation of the UCI WorldTeam MITCHELTON - SCOTT (MTS - AUS) team is still being evaluated by the UCI Licensing Commission, and a decision will be issued as soon as possible.

ICU ProTeams

In accordance with the UCI Regulations and after a complete review of the documentation received based on all the attribution criteria (ethical, financial, administrative), the UCI has decided (art. 2.16.016 and 2.15.026a) to register the following UCI ProTeams, who had submitted the complete documentation before November 1 for the 2020 season [team name (UCI code - Nationality)]:

ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI - SIDERMEC (ANS - ITA)
BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE '(BCF - ITA)
RURAL BOX - RGA INSURANCE (CJR - ESP)
CIRCUS - WANTY GOBERT (CWG - BEL)
FOUNDATION - ORBEA (FOR - ESP) - new UCI ProTeam
GAZPROM - RUSVELO (GAZ - RUS)
RALLY CYCLING (RLY - USA)
RIWAL READYNEZ CYCLING TEAM (RIW - DEN)
SPORT VLAANDEREN - BALOISE (SVB - BEL)
TEAM ARKEA - SAMSIC (ARK - FRA)
TEAM NOVO NORDISK (TNN - USA)
TOT DIRECT ENERGIE (TDE - FRA)
ONE - X NORWEGIAN DEVELOPMENT TEAM (UXT - NOR) - new UCI ProTeam.

In addition, after the transfer by the UCI to the UCI Licensing Commission of the archives of the UCI ProTeams that were incomplete on November 1 (art. 2.16.016), the UCI Licensing Commission decided to register the following UCI ProTeams [team name (UCI code - Nationality)]:

B&B HOTELS - VITAL CONCEPT (VCB - FRA)
BURGOS - BH (BBH - ESP)
CORONDON (COC - BEL)
NIPPO DELKO PROVENCE (NDP - FRA)
WINE ZABU 'KTM (tbc - ITA)

The documentation of the UCI ProTeam BINGOL - WB (tbc - BEL) is still being evaluated by the UCI Licensing Commission, and a decision will be issued as soon as possible.

In accordance with article 2.1.007bis and for the first time from next season, the UCI ProTeam TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE, the first UCI ProTeam of the UCI World Ranking by teams from the last day of the 2019 season, must be invited to All UCI WorldTour events. In addition, the UCI ProTeam CIRCUS - WANTY GOBERT, in second place in this ranking, must be invited to all UCI Classics Series events. At the end of the 2020 season, the mandatory invitations will be distributed again according to the UCI World Ranking by teams from the last day of the 2020 season.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on December 11, 2019, 00:00
Please tell me that this has been through an online translator, and that Caja Rural have not really been renamed Rural Box.
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on December 11, 2019, 07:55
Please tell me that this has been through an online translator, and that Caja Rural have not really been renamed Rural Box.

yeah, this seems to be the case

https://www.uci.org/inside-uci/press-releases/granting-ofuciwomen%E2%80%99s-worldtour-licences-and-uci-worldtour-licences-and-registration-of-uci-women%E2%80%99s-worldteams-uci-worldteams-and-uci-proteams-for-the-2020-season

I hadn't read about #wallonie Wallonie getting (the sports betting site) Bingoal on board as a sponsor by the way. I'd need to check the detailed rules again, but they could be in trouble for that

edit: the rules are fairly clear:

Sponsorship by betting companies is forbidden, except where:
- The betting operator abstains from organising bets in relation to [...] events in which the team concerned takes part
- The betting operator is affiliated to the competent national monitoring authority for sports bets [...]


the 2nd point is no problem (they are licensed in Belgium), but the 1st one probably is. Usually they would be offering bets for lots of races in Belgium (and Wallonie takes part in more or less all of those).
Title: Re: Team Sponsorship 19/20
Post by: search on December 12, 2019, 10:04
With their extension of the roster to 17 riders for 2020, #vorarlberg Team Vorarlberg – Santic will try to attract a sponsor to potentially turn ProContinental again in the coming years.

https://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_118181.htm