Jonny Bellis to take on director role as Drops continue as Britain’s only UCI women’s team

Team confirm they will not pay riders unless new backers are found

Trek-Drops 2018 team kit

After weeks of turmoil following the withdrawal of a new sponsor, last week Drops announced they would be continuing as the only British UCI Women’s team. While former pro Jonny Bellis will take the reins as lead sports director, the team confirmed they will not be paying riders unless a sponsor is found.

Bob Varney, who owns and runs the team with son Tom, admitted the situation regarding rider pay is far from ideal.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.