“After an exhaustive search to secure long term sponsorship we have concluded that it’s time to release our team members to pursue other options”
That’s HTC-Highroad’s team boss Bob Stapleton. I’m travelling right now with a shaky internet connection so can’t cover the topic in detail but the team will fold at the end of the season, marking an end to the most successful team, in terms of wins, in both men’s and women’s cycling. The team has won 484 races including 54 grand tour stages. An impressive record and massive media attention… yet no sponsor.
One aspect here has been the team spirit and the ability to bring the best out of riders by healthy means. This professionalism can’t be invented overnight and whilst many riders and staff should land roles elsewhere, the spirit of the team will now fade. Best wishes to all on the team and thanks for the exciting racing.