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CCC Team find a buyer for their WorldTour licence

Joe Robinson
30 Sep 2020

Belgian ProTeam Circus-Wanty Gobert to make the jump to cycling's top flight from 2021

Belgian ProTeam Circus-Wanty Gobert will join the WorldTour in 2021 after purchasing CCC Team's licence.

Continuum Sports, the holding company for the CCC Team, were left with a search for a new title sponsor after Polish shoe brand CCC confirmed it would not continue its funding through to the 2021 season, citing financial issues caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

Team boss Jim Ochowicz was positive he could replace CCC to continue the team through to next season. However, the American has since decided to sell the team's WorldTour licence to the Circus-Wanty Gobert team.

Ochowicz said in a statement, '2020 has not been the year that any of us expected but we are motivated to finish the season as CCC Team on a high.'

He added, 'Looking ahead, 2021 will see a new direction for the Continuum Sports organisation and we are happy to be paving the way for Circus-Wanty Gobert to move to the WorldTour in what is a significant milestone for the Belgian team and a well deserved promotion.

'Since the inception of Continuum Sports in 2007, we have made our mark on the cycling world with BMC Racing Team and CCC Team and we are well-positioned to assist Circus-Wanty Gobert in this transition to the WorldTour.'

Purchasing CCC Team's WorldTour licence will see the Belgian Circus-Wanty Gobert team join cycling's top flight for the first time in their history. A mainstay of the cycling's second-tier for over a decade, the Belgian team raced the Tour de France from 2017 to 2019 and have appeared at multiple Monuments.

Run by General Manager Jean-Francois Bourlart, the team is rumoured to be upping its budget for the 2021 season while also planning a wave of new signings to help manage its jump up to the WorldTour.

According to Bourlart, moving up to the WorldTour has always been an ambition for the team and the current opportunity presented by Continuum Sports is perfect timing for the team's ambitions.

'With the co-founders of Want You Cycling – Benoit Soenen, Christophe Wanty, Ronald Gobert and David Sauvage – we built our project step by step with the ambition to one day move to the WorldTour,' said Bourlart.

'The moment had to be right, the structure had to be ready, and our partners eager to follow us. We are therefore very proud today to take over the project from Jim Ochowicz and Gavin Chilcott and present to the UCI the continuation of Continuum Sports in the WorldTour.

'With the long experience of Jim Ochowicz and Gavin Chilcott, we will do everything possible to ensure the sustainability of our WorldTour project. I have no doubts that our team will become a success in the WorldTour, as it has at the Professional Continental level over the years, and as BMC Racing Team and CCC Team have too.'