Saturday, March 17, 2012

Team Type 1-Sanofi not invited to 2012 Tour of California

Team owner Phil Southerland believes invitation was dependent on Sponsorship.

Earlier this week AEG announced the teams for the 2012 Tour of California bicycle stage race. Team Type 1 was not that list this year. The race organizers claim that they want to keep the field fresh and rotate through different teams each year instead of invited the same teams every year. While this is understandable it is very disappointing to see a quickly improving American, Pro Continental team from the race.
AEG approached Team Type 1-Sanofi with an option of a $100,000 sponsorship package from sponsor Sanofi, which Team Type 1-Sanofi declined.

In 2009 the team raced free of charge. In 2010 they paid $40,000 which their sprouting sponsor agreed to. Then in 2011 Phil Southerland demanded the team be invited and won his demand.

The team will fill their schedule with other races in France and tour of Norway and hopes to be invited to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado.

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