Team Sky will cease to exist at the end of next year after Sky announced that it will finish its involvement in professional cycling at the end of 2019.
Bad news all around for our beloved sport..
Guardian National Newspaper told his readers>>>The news, which was broken to stunned riders and staff over dinner at their training camp in Mallorca on Tuesday night, draws to an end more than a decade of success during which the team won six Tour de France yellow jerseys as the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana – along with 52 other stage races and 25 one-day races. Team Sky’s principal Sir Dave Brailsford paid tribute to his team and said he hoped that a new sponsor would be found for the 2020 season. However, with Sky having investment more than £150m over the last 10 years – making Team Sky comfortably the richest outfit in world cycling – it remains to be seen whether a viable buyer can be found. “While Sky will be moving on at the end of next year, the team is open minded about the future and the potential of working with a new partner, should the right opportunity present itself,” said Brailsford. “For now, I would like to thank all Team Sky riders and staff, past and present – and above all the fans who have supported us on this adventure. “We aren’t finished yet by any means. There is another exciting year of racing ahead of us and we will be doing everything we can to deliver more Team Sky success in 2019.” Brailsford also paid tribute to his team, which began in 2010 with the goal of getting a British rider to win the Tour de France for the first time – a target that was accomplished when Sir Bradley Wiggins took the yellow jersey in 2012 – and said he was proud of the team’s part in inspiring nearly two million people to cycle regularly. “The vision for Team Sky began with the ambition to build a clean, winning team around a core of British riders and staff,” he said. “The team’s success has been the result of the talent, dedication and hard work of a remarkable group of people who have constantly challenged themselves to scale new heights of performance. None of this would have been possible without Sky. We are proud of the part we have played in Britain’s transformation into a cycling nation over the last decade.”
However, Team Sky have always rejected any suggestion of widespread triamcinolone use by their riders ahead of the 2012 Tour de France, while Wiggins has always denied he has used any drugs. There was more bad publicity when it was revealed that Chris Froome had an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol in 2017, although he was later cleared by cycling’s governing body the UCI. Sky executives would have also been aware that more negative PR is on the way given that Dr Richard Freeman, the team’s former doctor, is facing a GMC hearing on 6 February over a mystery delivery of testosterone to the national velodrome in 2011.