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Squad led by Australia's Rochelle Gilmore features Britain's champion team pursuit trio and double road world champ Giorgia Bronzini...

Bradley Wiggins is backing a new, star-studded women’s cycling team, DTPC Honda Pro Cycling, whose first signings include Team GB’s world and Olympic team pursuit champion trio of Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell as well as double road world champion Giorgia Bronzini from Italy and Australia’s Rochelle Gilmore, Commonwealth road champion, who will lead the outfit.

Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion Wiggins had outlined his plans to help finance a women’s team during the summer, but even so the swiftness with which it has been unveiled, and the calibre of the riders signed up to DTPC – which stands for Dream Team Pro Cycling – comes as a surprise.

Among other riders named today as having signed to the team are the young Welsh pair of Elinor Barker – winner of the junior individual time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in the Netherlands in September – and Amy Roberts.

According to a statement from the team, Wiggins’ investment has been made via his Bradley Wiggins Foundation. "Wiggins's provision of generous support, assistance and encouragement will further enable the girls to fulfil their potential out on the road," it continued.

While Japanese motor giant Honda appears in the name of the team announced today, the statement added that Gilmore is "presently in deep negotiations [over the naming rights] with a global company based in the United Kingdom."

Trott, who besides that team pursuit gold medal also won the Omnium in this summer’s Olympics in London, commented: "I'm excited to be joining the DTPC Honda Pro Cycling Team for the 2013 season and look forward to being part of what I believe will be one of the most professional and most successful teams next year.

"I'm looking forward to gaining more experience on the road with such a great team next year."

While it is the presence of the three British Olympic champions that are likely to make the headlines here, perhaps the team’s biggest coup is in securing the services of Bronzini, winner of the road world championships at Geelong in 2010 and again in Copenhagen 12 months later.

Completing the roster are multiple Japanese national road and time trial champion Mayuko Hagiwara, Australian rider Lauren Kitchen, Italy's Beatrice Bartelloni, Anna-Bianca Scnitzmeier of Germany and New Zealand's Emily Collins.

The team will ride Pinarello bikes equipped with Campognolo groupsets, with other suppliers including Lazer helmets, Fizik, Look, High5 Sports Nutrition and motorhome specialist Vanomobil.

The 29-year-old from Piacenza rode for Diadora-Pasta Zara in 2012, taking a stage win in the Giro della Toscana, and the Italian came fifth in the Olympic road race, won by Marianne Vos of the Netherlands, who had been silver medalist to Bronzini in both her world championship wins.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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andyspaceman [244 posts] 3 years ago
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That is the best bit of news we've seen in cycling since the Olympics. Bronzini is a huge signing, great stuff.

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Sam1 [220 posts] 3 years ago
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Terrific news

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doc [167 posts] 3 years ago
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Excellent news - seems that Bradley Wiggins is a man who "does exactly what it says on the tin" and delivers on promises. Now all the team needs is a string of successes to make it complete. What a great opportunity for the top women to make a big impact, and get the exposure in the media they deserve, all through the season.

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notfastenough [3673 posts] 3 years ago
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Great news. Hopefully we'll hear a bit more about their adventures than is currently the status quo...

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sean1 [175 posts] 3 years ago
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A shame SKY couldn't get on board with this.

I don't understand why SKY are so reluctant, especially with the strength of British women's cycling at the moment.

Good news though.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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seanbolton wrote:

A shame SKY couldn't get on board with this.

I don't understand why SKY are so reluctant, especially with the strength of British women's cycling at the moment.

Good news though.

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While Japanese motor giant Honda appears in the name of the team announced today, the statement added that Gilmore is "presently in deep negotiations [over the naming rights] with a global company based in the United Kingdom."

be SKY? I've not heard anything to say who it might be but I could see SKY getting on board with a team like this. They already support most of the riders through the GB track squad, why not on the road too?

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steff [81 posts] 3 years ago
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Excellent stuff, and nice to see a new team riding Campag too.

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Sam1 [220 posts] 3 years ago
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Not sure that Sky might not be lining up.

The press release says that Gilmoure's in 'deep negotiations with a UK-based global company'.

Could be Sky?

And they're going to be riding Pinarellos, which is another possible connection.

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Simon E [2652 posts] 3 years ago
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Great stuff, I didn't think the "backed by Wiggo" thing would take off so soon.

However, it's a shame there's no room for a rider of the calibre and experience of Emma Pooley, who has joined a Swiss development squad (that's akin to Contador signing for Node-4, no offence to the team).

A request to all media outlets: Let's cover this sport properly now, please!

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 3 years ago
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Great news. Not too sure about calling the team "girls", which does seem to trivialise. (Probably just me)

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02curtisb [62 posts] 3 years ago
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Fantastic! I've only been into road racing for two years but what I saw at the Olympics was that women's races are just if not more exciting. Hopefully some more coverage via the GB girls too. Could I ask someone if the main races have women's equivalents, including the grand tours or whether they have their own 'grand tours'?

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Huw Watkins [92 posts] 3 years ago
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Perhaps the Swiss team suits Pooley just fine this year. She's made no secret of her desire to finish her PhD and maybe she likes the idea of coaching younger riders through.

Anyway, it's terrific to see Wiggins back up his words with cash. Has got to be SPOTY now!

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hoski [81 posts] 3 years ago
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The Rumpo Kid wrote:

Great news. Not too sure about calling the team "girls", which does seem to trivialise. (Probably just me)

Nah, not just you. Obviously in this case there's no intention to devalue them...

And this is great news. And hopefully, with the women's Olympic road race and track cycling proving that women's cycling is as often as not FAR more exciting than the men's, there'll be more of this to come.

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sethpistol [69 posts] 3 years ago
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it's not SKY...

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notfastenough [3673 posts] 3 years ago
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Not being Sky is probably a good thing - the more corporate non-cycling investors buy into the sport the better.

Please don't say they will have 'Virgin' plastered across their jerseys... the innuendoes will be horrific.

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sethpistol [69 posts] 3 years ago
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nope, not Virgin either!

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step-hent [720 posts] 3 years ago
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nope, not Virgin either!

Well, I guess Sky aren't really a global company - main business is really only in UK and Italy. Virgin is more a series of different companies many of whom pay Branson to use the brand.

Global UK companies that I can think of - BP? Barclays? Another bank? GSK? There must be a good few others but I can't think of them right now...

In any event, it's fantastic news that this team is coming in to being and also fantastic news if women's cycling can attract some big sponsors that the men's teams can't. One thing women's cycling has over men's right now is that it can distance itself from the Armstrong debacle, which can only be a good thing.

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Wookster [53 posts] 3 years ago
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Good news, at a good time. Lots of focus on cycling following the Olympics and tour and the Uk women's squad is so strong. Good to see wiggins pushing this.

Do wonder who the Uk company is BP maybe?? Certainly big enough??

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sethpistol [69 posts] 3 years ago
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you will just have to keep guessing for a few weeks...

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AWPeleton [3277 posts] 3 years ago
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Brilliant news, lets hope it goes from strength to strength.  4

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jdmotion [10 posts] 3 years ago
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Maybe News International?
Whoever it is it's great news. Let's hope the sponsors are in for the long term, this time. It would be good to see Lucy Garner joining the team in a year or two to keep the UK talent theme going.

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notfastenough [3673 posts] 3 years ago
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Anyone inclined to torture Seth until we find out?!

Any of the banks/utility companies/telcos/BP could use the positive PR.

Alternatively, I wonder how much the Team Sky clothing contract was costing Adidas, and have they worked out that they could capitalize more on being a named sponsor of a side of the sport that hasn't been constantly dragged through the media for all the wrong reasons?

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fred22 [158 posts] 3 years ago
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excellent excellent news, well done Bradley I salute you

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sethpistol [69 posts] 3 years ago
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Alternatively, I wonder how much the Team Sky clothing contract was costing Adidas, and have they worked out that they could capitalize more on being a named sponsor of a side of the sport that hasn't been constantly dragged through the media for all the wrong reasons?

Adidas weren't particularly big on the whole sponsorship of Sky, or rather Cycling in general any more (just like Nike), hence dropping the shoes and team kit availability being a little sporadic (even though it was Nalini producing it rather than Adidas themselves)at one point they weren't even going to produce fan kit this season as it wasn't lucrative enough.

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mandy [94 posts] 3 years ago
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Bout bloody time to  1

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lushmiester [182 posts] 3 years ago
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Great news!

As for the other company Astrazeneca would be another possible drug company and are in need of some good publicity. BT might want to stick another one on SKY and certainly has global reach. The statement says "a global company based in the UK" so it does not have to be a UK company Google are based in the UK as they once were in China. This guessing game is far more fun than trying to predict the next casualty from Armstrong gate.

I'm sure we'll find out in due course but as other have said I hope that whoever the companies is that they are in it for the long haul. Womens cycling deserves no less

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liam.cahill1 [42 posts] 3 years ago
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Brilliant news! Cycling continues to the future as the past crumbles behind. I hope they get a lot of TV coverage.

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Sudor [186 posts] 3 years ago
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Great news - well done Bradley must be a good feeling to do something so needed for UK Women's cycling. I hope Pooley can be signed when she's bagged her PhD

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Mostyn [396 posts] 3 years ago
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Wonderful Time For A Ladies Professional Racing Team.

Wiggo was true to his word; and his involvement will surely spur the ladies on to great achievements in 2013.

Lets hope the womens Dream Team get the Press; and Media coverage that UK cycling deserves. So looking forward to seeing some televised coverage of the Womens Dream Team.

Hey, if Vigin were the main sponser? What a catchy name for a ladies Racing Team (The Virgins) it would certainly get the press and media on board; and theres no such thing as bad press because of a name.

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Mostyn [396 posts] 3 years ago
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Sudor wrote:

Great news - well done Bradley must be a good feeling to do something so needed for UK Women's cycling. I hope Pooley can be signed when she's bagged her PhD

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