EF Professional Biking introduced on Thursday they are going to begin a girls’s staff that may race as EF Schooling-Cannondale subsequent season.
The press launch was imprecise and didn’t point out how this might have an effect on the present Girls’s WorldTeam of Paris-Roubaix winner Alison Jackson and junior time trial World Champion Zoe Bäckstedt, which lately misplaced long-time sponsors Tibco and Silicon Valley Financial institution as a consequence of “latest financial challenges and occasions” after the financial institution’s collapse earlier this 12 months. The 2 firms had supported the ladies’s staff, run by Linda Jackson, since 2008.
EF Schooling joined the staff as a co-title sponsor in 2022 however Jackson owns and manages the squad. Calls to EF Professional Biking gave no clarification, and Linda Jackson couldn’t be reached for remark.
It’s so far unclear if EF Schooling-EasyPost will change into the ninth WorldTeam to personal a girls’s equal, becoming a member of the ranks with Alpecin-Deceuninck/Fenix-Deceuninck, Cofidis, Movistar Crew, Crew DSM, Jayco-AlUla, Jumbo-Visma, Lidl-Trek and UAE Crew Emirates/UAE Crew ADQ.
They is likely to be making a lower-level outfit alongside the strains of Soudal-Quickstep, who’ve a girls’s Continental counterpart in AG Insurance coverage-Soudal-Quickstep.
It is not the previous Slipstream outfit’s first foray into girls’s biking. Jonathan Vaughters and Slipstream picked up the Cervélo girls’s staff as a part of an settlement with the bicycle sponsor in 2011. The ladies’s staff got here together with seven riders from the boys’s Cervélo Take a look at Crew.
Crew Garmin-Cervélo included prime riders like Emma Pooley and a younger Lizzie Deignan. Nonetheless, by the tip of 2011, a handshake cope with BigMat to come back on as a co-title sponsor for the organisation evaporated, leaving Vaughters scrambling to save lots of the whole outfit.
The collapse might have been devastating for riders aiming to earn a spot for the Olympic Video games in London in 2012, however the staff discovered reprieve with a partnership with the AA Drink/Leontien.nl run by Michael Zijlaard. That staff additionally ended after one season.