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Orica to cease sponsorship of WorldTour team; owner to cover funding gap

Joe Robinson
11 Dec 2017

Team owner Gerry Ryan replaces Orica with his personal company as main sponsor for Australian WorldTour team

With Orica ending its six-year tenure as a WorldTour sponsor, GreenEdge cycling have announced that their women's and men's teams will become Mitchelton-Scott in 2018.

Team owner and financial backer Gerry Ryan announced that the team would be looking for a new primary sponsor to replace Orica after it announced it would be leaving the sport.

However, failing to find an external sponsor, Ryan's own company Mitchelton, which is run by his son Andrew, has made the step up to primary-naming sponsor.

This move will see the Ryan family not only controlling GreenEdge cycling but also being the primary financial investor through the new sponsor, alongside bike manufacturers Scott.

A clear change of pace will be brought by the new sponsor's Michelton, a winery, restaurant and hotel group based in Australia. 

Its focus on luxury is a far cry from former sponsor Orica, a brand which is one of the world's largest producers of commercial explosives for mining and quarrying.

Mitchelton and Scott's sponsorship will span across the entirety of the GreenEdge set up, providing their names and finances to both the men's and women's road teams, as well as their MTB and triathlon athletes.

Gerry Ryan spoke of the new opportunities with this change of sponsorship while thanking Orica for its support since the team's inception.

'We believe we have the perfect platform to showcase the Mitchelton and Scott Sports brands to the world as we strive for further success on the road,' said Ryan.

'We are tremendously proud of how far we have come thanks to their [Orica's] support. We have won monuments, stage races, Grand Tour stages and after two Grand Tour podiums, a victory in a three-week Tour is next on our list.

'Orica will forever have a place in this team’s DNA and we are extremely thankful for their support over the years.'