Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team Dies Ultimo 2008
Search for resurrection partner continues.
of Missouri the past two-plus seasons and won 89 stages (races), thereby solidifying the team’s status as the most successful team in the world on American soil in these premier events. The competition has included many of the teams that race in the Tour de France, the world’s biggest sporting event. Toyota-United has worked diligently to represent what is good and positive about the sport of cycling through fair play and hard work. In addition, the team currently boasts 59 wins and 132 podiums in 2008 and a grand total of 155 wins since the team’s launch February 9, 2006.
Toyota-United consists of 14 riders from seven different countries, with representation from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Cuba, Serbia and Mexico. The team includes current UCI B World Road Race Champion and 2008 Olympian Ivan Stevic, from Serbia. Also on the team are riders Dominique Rollin, the 2008 Amgen Tour of California Stage 4 winner and overall sprint jersey winner from Quebec, Canada, Ivan Dominguez Stage 1 winner 2008 AT & T Tour De Georgia and wearer of the yellow jersey for two days and Jose Manuel (Chepe) Garcia, the 2008 National Time Trial champion from Mexico.
Tucker further added that “If our team continues, we will certainly have some significant changes due to the new UCI rules. We are looking forward to securing a new partner for the 2009 season by the end of November who can benefit from and build their brand by being associated with our world class organization. We are confident another sponsor will capitalize on the value United Pro Cycling Team generates with our 25,000 registered fans, eight-figure annual measurable media exposure, 3.3 million annual onsite spectators and the charitable work our team does in the communities we race in.”
In addition to winning races, Toyota-United has emphasized giving back to the communities they race in. As showcased on Larry King Live last July, Toyota-United currently sponsors endurance cyclist and amputee Dan Sheret on his Ability Trek, a global bike ride around the world to raise money and awareness for victims of limb loss through land mine explosions. The team also supports the Wounded Warriors Project and most recently the Chrysalis organization in Los Angeles, who aids homeless through providing job training and placement with a 93% success ratio.