Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 - GreenEDGE Cycling

Under the direction of Cycling Australia’s former high performance director, Shayne Bannan, a new elite Australian cycling team, GreenEDGE cycling, is aiming to secure a ProTeam licence to race against the world’s best in 2012.

Joining Bannan in his bid to enter an Australian team in the world’s biggest bike races, will be former Tour de France stage winner, Neil Stephens, who has also worked as a sports director for some of cycling’s leading teams.

Bannan said management of the prospective team will spend 2011 establishing the team including putting sound administration, finances and ethics in place to satisfy the UCI selection criteria for a ProTeam licence.

“We are working to secure solid foundations in order to create a successful and sustainable team,” Mr Bannan said.

“Before getting to the point of trying to recruit riders, with the seed funding we already have in place, our next task is to pull together all the elements required to make GreenEDGE cycling a racing reality.

“This is not about a short-term bid to get a team in the Tour de France. We are aiming to create a team that will stay at the top end of world cycling for a long time to come and to give young kids just starting to pursue their cycling dreams something to aspire to.

“By inspiring the next generation we’re not simply targeting results on the road. We aim to build a team that isn’t purely based on winning but is dedicated to assisting our elite riders to maintain balance between their cycling careers, education and welfare, which are all part of their success.”

Bannan has already played a key role in inspiring the current crop of Australia’s elite riders and giving them the opportunity to fulfil their potential, including establishing a training base in Italy.

His contribution to the success of Australian cycling is demonstrated by the results of Australian cyclists under his leadership as National Performance Director since 2000.

During Bannan’s time at the helm, Australia has regularly topped the medal table at the UCI Track World Championships and has climbed from being a minor player on the road to ending the 2010 season as the world’s fourth ranked nation, ahead of traditional powerhouses like France, Holland and Germany.

In an effort to continue his more than 25-years of work with Cycling Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport, Bannan says the team will have a close working relationship with Cycling Australia; one that Cycling Australia President, Klaus Mueller, believes will be mutually beneficial.

“We have hoped for many years to see an Australian team competing at the highest level of road cycling's professional ranks and Cycling Australia is delighted to see GreenEDGE cycling take major steps towards making this a reality," said Mueller.

“This is a major advancement for our sport and our relationship with GreenEDGE cycling will not only increase the profile of cycling in Australia but will provide additional opportunities for the professional development of our athletes and staff and add to our potential to achieve medal success at World Championships and Olympic Games.”

But Bannan recognises that the team can’t solely be made up of Australian riders.

“We aim to attract not just some of Australia’s best riders but some of the best from around the globe. We’ll strive to provide the best possible opportunities, services, support and direction for cycling talent the world over,” Bannan said.

“Although we aim to attract some of the world’s best riders, the team will be predominately Australian with Australians holding the majority of the management and support staff positions. Importantly for Australian cycling and general sports fans up to 75 per cent of the riders will be Australian.”

GreenEDGE cycling aims to achieve success in Grand Tours and World Tour Events, as well as working in cooperation with Australian National Programs, such as the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championship Road and Track competitions.

By establishing this ground-work in 2011 GreenEDGE cycling will be best positioned for the official UCI application process that will begin on August 1, 2011. Successful teams will be announced on November 1, 2011.

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GreenEDGE cycling aims to achieve success in Grand Tours and World Tour Events, as well as working in cooperation with Australian National Programs, such as the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championship Road and Track competitions.

By establishing this ground-work in 2011 GreenEDGE cycling will be best positioned for the official UCI application process that will begin on August 1, 2011. Successful teams will be announced on November 1, 2011.


Callie Rose
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M: 0419 891 403
W: www.ppr.com.au

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