There are new rumours/stories emerging on a new Aussie team approach with an alignment with Cycling Australia.
- Cycling NewsCycling Australiaâ€™s largest sponsor has confirmed that he is part of a group considering backing a top-level Australian team in the near future. Gerry Ryan, owner of Jayco caravans, is expected to make an announcement during the Tour Down Under (January 18-23).
â€œIt's not only me. There are several high-profile businessmen around that have been talking to each other," Ryan told The Sydney Morning Herald. â€œTo be sitting in Paris [at the Tour de France] and have that Australian flag on a team car would be ideal.â€...
Ryan also explained that the Sky template of a ProTeam with close links to a national federation is one that any new Australian team would be likely to follow. He believes such a model would be of benefit in the development of young Australian talent.
"That's a model you try and benchmark yourself on,â€ Ryan said. â€œIt's no different to [Australian Rules team] Collingwood, the guns in nurturing bloods. Look at some of the sports science they are doing to get that edge."