One Pro Cy­cling to be women’s team for 2019

Cycling Weekly - - Team News -

One Pro Cy­cling is to con­tinue as a women’s team in 2019, po­ten­tially leav­ing its 10 cur­rent rid­ers (all on one-year rolling deals) look­ing for con­tracts late in the sea­son.

The team, run by for­mer crick­eter Matt Prior, cited a fund­ing cri­sis within the do­mes­tic scene and a de­clin­ing race pro­gramme, say­ing: “It’s not a healthy place at all.” In an in­ter­view with the Tele­graph, Prior said there was “no value right now, we lit­er­ally have to pay a for­tune just to take part.” But he in­sisted this was a pos­i­tive step for the team.

With its eye on a World­tour berth, One Pro has largely fo­cused on the in­ter­na­tional scene since its launch in 2015 at Con­ti­nen­tal level. In 2016 it stepped up to Pro Con­ti­nen­tal and re­ceived its first World­tour wild card in­vite at the Tour of Poland.

De­spite an im­pres­sive first two years, the team was only able to bring in smaller sup­port spon­sors and had to step back down to Con­ti­nen­tal level in 2017.

As the man­age­ment com­pany be­hind the team launched One Pro Nutri­tion and One Pro In­sur­ance, the team was never able to se­cure the fi­nan­cial sup­port it needed.

Its re­cent an­nounce­ment came with lit­tle in­for­ma­tion and no rider names. With a string of trans­fers re­cently an­nounced in the women’s pelo­ton, One Pro might strug­gle to find rid­ers with enough UCI points to reach World­tour sta­tus. How­ever, with Wig­gle-high5 fold­ing it is be­lieved there are still enough rid­ers on the mar­ket to fill a ros­ter.

One Pro will get a makeover next sea­son

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