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Wiggins-Le Col to close at end of season

George Smith
27 Aug 2019

Proven WorldTour feeder team ends due to 'natural conclusion'

Over the weekend it was announced that Team Wiggins-Le Col will wrap up their operation and cease racing at the end of the 2019 season. Originally established as a vehicle for Bradley Wiggins and his teammates to pursue glory on the track at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the team went on to become a talent factory for young riders after Wiggins's retirement from professional cycling.

‘After five great years, the team’s ownership have taken the decision that the operation has come to its natural conclusion,’ read a statement on the team’s website, shortly before Wiggins himself announced his new plans to be a social worker.

Racing at UCI Continental level, the team has nurtured big names like Owain Doull (Team Ineos) and James Knox (Decueninck-QuickStep) who are both currently racing at the Vuelta a Espana.

Chris Lawless (Team Ineos) and Scott Davies (Dimensions-Data) also both came through the ranks, as did fellow WorldTour riders Gabriel Cullaigh (Movistar) and Mark Donovan (Team Sunweb).

This year, with Le Col having stepped up as co-sponsor, Tom Pidcock took the U23 Paris-Roubaix title and the Tour of Alsace, while James Fouche became New Zealand national champion, making the season one of the most successful to date.

Ahead of the team's departure from the cycling scene, a statement said that ‘the team look forward to finishing its season strongly at the upcoming Tour of Britain, where it will showcase its talent one last time.’