Mitchelton-Scott becomes Manuela Fundacion for remainder of 2020
Jun 12 2020 09:07 pm CET

Mitchelton-Scott becomes Manuela Fundacion for remainder of 2020
Mitchelton-Scott becomes Manuela Fundacion for remainder of 2020
Photo by ASO/Alex BROADWAY

GreenEDGE Cycling has confirmed its change of name to Team Manuela Fundacion for the remainder of the 2020 season.

The Australian formation reached an agreement with the Spanish Manuela Fundacion, which comes at a difficult financial moment not only for the team itself but for the entire sport. The foundation is based in the Spanish Granada and run by Francisco Huertas and his wife Maria Angustias Gonzalez.

The Manuela Fundacion will be officially launched on the 4th of October with an ambitious project in aid of social work. "It's been an intense period of hard work between Manuela Fundación sports director Emilio Rodríguez and Mitchelton-Scott general manager Shayne Bannan," said Huertas. "It's an incredible opportunity and an honour to be able to reach this agreement.

"We want to thank Gerry Ryan for all of his work and contribution so far, which has taken the team to its best. Now we will continue to boost this legacy and give great joy to the fans of this sport."

GreenEDGE Cycling welcomed the deal. "After an unsettling and uncertain period, particularly in recent months, we are thrilled to have the support of Mr Francisco Huertas and the Manuela Fundación to ensure our future in 2021 and beyond," said team owner Gerry Ryan. "We have always believed in our product and values as a team for perspective partners, but the significance of this long-term deal is not lost on us, especially considering the recent hardships of not only the cycling world and sports industry, but the wider world's health and economic climate.

"As an organisation, we are moved by the story of the Manuela Fundación and are looking forward to working with such a generous project and doing our part to contribute to their vision of helping to create a more supportive world."

It is understood that both teams -men's and women's- will ride under the new name.