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One Pro women's team dream ended due to lack of sponsorship

One Pro Cycling training
Joe Robinson
2 Oct 2018

UK domestic scene continues to shrink as One Pro fails to find money for women's team

The sad state of the British professional road racing scene looks set to continue as One Pro Cycling announced that they would be unable to run a planned UCI Women's team for the 2019 season. 

The ProContinental team had announced that it would be withdrawing from men's racing at the end of 2018, deciding to concentrate on establishing a female team to race as of 2019.

However, in a press release, the team confirmed that this would be not possible due to a 'lack of sponsorship'. 

'One Pro Cycling are sadly forced to announce that we will not be able to run a UCI cycling team for the 2019 season,' read the release.

'The team were committed to putting together a woman’s UCI squad for next season but due to lack of sponsorship, we have not been able to raise a satisfactory budget to match our aims.

'We are keen to pick up this journey for 2020 and will continue conversations throughout 2019.'

This failed project becomes the latest domestic team to close its doors in what is proving a difficult Summer for UK racing.

Last month, longstanding British domestic team JLT Condor announced it would be pulling out of the Continental ranks after 11 years, with the team failing to find a replacement sponsor for insurance firm JLT.

One Pro also announced it would be withdrawing from the men's Continental ranks leaving just Canyon-Eisberg, Madison Genesis, Team Wiggins and Vitus Pro Cycling as the only British representation outside of Team Sky in men's professional road racing.

Joining the 14 riders now out of contract with the closure of JLT Condor, the 10 riders of One Pro Cycling will also be looking for contracts in an environment that is seemingly shrinking, with the likelihood of some riders finding themselves without a team for 2019.

It also comes as some worry that One Pro was unable to find the sufficient sponsorship funds to back a women's professional team despite having the funds to run the men's team for four consecutive seasons.

The statement finished by thanking the members, fans and partners for their support of the team that had begun in 2015. 

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