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Wiggle-High5 set to fold after six seasons

Joe Robinson
26 Jul 2018

Women's professional team will cease to continue in 2019 following announcement

Professional women's cycling team Wiggle-High5 have announced they will not be registering for the 2019 season after six years in the sport.

In announcing the decision, team manager Rochelle Gilmore cited the expectations of running a team alone as one of her decisions to withdraw from management.

'I talk about how the last six years have been great but at the same time I have personally not had time out being a professional athlete,' said Gillmore.

'I slipped straight into managing professional women's cycling team. For the past six years I haven't had an evening or a day without having to answer emails of phone calls so I am looking forward to a few months of not being on call 24/7.'

Gilmore did announce that she would return to women's cycling in the future as she looks to continue to grow the sport through her role in the UCI commission.

Gilmore also revealed the costs and expectations that come with the running of a professional cycling team. She stated that the team pays all 17 of its riders full salaries with some receiving over 'six figures' a year. 

When the cost of 14 full time staff members are taken into account, the team pays a total of €1 million per year in salaries.

The team also uses a fleet of 100 team bikes provided by Italian brand Colnago with all riders receiving at least five bikes each.

This is a world away from when the team started with just two members of staff in 2012.

In their six-season existence, Wiggle-High5 have managed to take some of the biggest races in women's cycling including the RideLondon Grand Prix, BeNe Ladies Tour and Strade Bianche.

Some of the top names in the sport have ridden in their colours including Jolien D'Hoore, Dani Rowe, Laura Trott and Giorgia Bronzini.

The closure of the team will see the likes of Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker seeking new teams. Italian Elisa Longo Borghini will also be without a team, although she has been strongly linked with the new Trek women's team launched recently with Lizzie Deignan.

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