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Fly V Australia sets course toward ProTour in 2011
The makeup of ProTour nations appears set to shift again this fall as Continental team Fly V Australia is on the verge of attaining top-level registration for 2011. According to a report in The Australian, the team has been extended an August 31 deadline for submitting its registration with the UCI.
â€œIt is believed (team owner Chris) White is about 10 days away from officially naming the consortium of backers, both offshore and domestic, to secure a ProTour license following extensive talks with the Union Cycliste Internationale in Switzerland,â€ said the report.
Director Henk Vogels confirmed to VeloNews that the announcement was imminent. The former European pro also confirmed that the team is in final negotiations with a new title sponsor and that the teamâ€™s budget should more than double for 2011. According to Vogels, V Australia Airlines will remain as a secondary sponsor.
In the report, White said that â€œthe world of cycling has been talking about establishing an Australian ProTour team for a number of years and now itâ€™s just about to happen. Fly V will be well funded and resourced and we will want to compete at the highest level and that includes the Tour de France next July.â€
White is en route to the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah in the western U.S. this week. Vogels indicated that the trip is related to sponsor negotiations. The team is a favorite in the GC, with former Barloworld rider and 2009 runner-up Darren Lill, VeloNews 2009 Domestic Climber of the Year Phil Zajicek and team leader Ben Day.
The Fly V Australia roster this year includes riders with European pedigrees, including Day, Lill and Aaron Kemps. The prestige and increased budget that come with ProTour registration would put White on track to sign more European-based Aussies in the off-season. A number of Australian professionals, including Garmin-Transitionsâ€™ Cameron Meyer, have told VeloNews that a national team at the top level of the sport, akin to Team Sky in Great Britain, would be a very attractive proposition.
â€œWeâ€™ve got a lot of guys who could ride in the ProTour, but up to now there hasnâ€™t been an Australian team for them to aspire to,â€ White said in The Australian report. â€œCadel Evans, Michael Rogers, Mark Renshaw, Simon Gerrans, Stuey Oâ€™Grady, Richie Porte and Wes Sulzberger currently ride for either American, French, British or Danish teams.â€
According to the report, the team will be based in Belgium. â€œWhile the ProTour license isnâ€™t a fait accompli, Iâ€™m confident that given road cyclingâ€™s global reach, the time is now right to establish a ProTour team to race in Europe and at the Tour de France next year,â€ said White.
Just gotta hope that with all the new teams popping up, and Pro Continental teams pushing for higher status, that there is a licence available for our boys. The UCI may have to think about increasing the number of licenses available if things keep going this way.
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/14-team ... our-places
Its gonna be a squeeze to make it in!
Good luck to 'em, but I don't fancy their chances. They've done well in the US, but that's the US, and unless they have some new signings I don't know if their roster will necessarily impress enough to overcome a range of strong Euro/US contenders.
But, as if I'd really know
Your opinion is just as valid as anybody elses and you may well be right
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/austral ... nd-hushovd
The kind of signings required, may be hard convincing them though.
Inching closer. The demise of Cervelo Test Team could help some.
McEwen signs with V Australia/Pegasus Sports team
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/mcewen- ... super-team
Current Ride: Giant 2010 TCR Advanced 1
Yee hah. Wonder who else is joining !!!
Cancellara high on wish-list for Pegasus's bespoke team of stars
So on the news tonight the guy (White?) behind Pegasus Sports said they are making a big announcement re: signing (AT) the world champs. Any bets? I'm putting my $ on Mick Rogers
Current Ride: Giant 2010 TCR Advanced 1
Hmmm.. something is wrong:
UCI publish 20 teams seeking ProTeam licences in 2011
They have been told it was due to incomplete appilcation there is an article on cycling news about it earlier, would post it but im on phone atm.
More from Chris White - Pegasus in ProTour: Application encountered a glitch
EDIT: - this is the article Im No Pro is referring to above.
Yup, thats it. Ta much.
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