Having been successful in their UCI ProContinental licence application, One Pro Cycling CEO Matt Prior admitted he has felt “silly” talking about the team’s bold aims.
Officially launched in February, Prior has previously spoken about his desire for the team to compete in the Tour de France within a matter of years.
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Yesterday’s awarding of a ProContinental licence allows One to be invited to WorldTour races in 2016 – including the Grand Tours and the Classics – but the former England cricketer is aware how his team’s aims may have previously sounded hollow.
“There’s a lot of pride to be had being the first British ProConti team,” he told Cycling Weekly. “Looking back, a lot of people that have said exactly the same things before – I felt dead silly being one of those people talking about that big goal.
“It became clear that it wasn’t about words, it was about actions. We’ve tried not saying too much, and got on with the important stuff like our performance on the bike, and running the vehicle behind the scenes.”
One’s CEO Matt Prior talks about the team’s plans
The latter’s application failed to materialise, and their talisman sprinter Steele von Hoff has since switched to One in one of 12 new arrivals.
“There’s a lot to the ProConti application,” added Prior. “You have to have a minimum number of riders , minimum wages for riders, full-time staff such as mechanics, sports directors, soigneurs. The whole thing gets bigger – I think we’ll have 19 staff at our training camp in December.
“We’d have never have been able to survive coming into this level straight away. Having run for a season now on the British scene, we’ve learned a lot and we now have a platform and structure in place to help us compete at this level.”