JLT-Condor latest team to announce closure

The British continental team says they have not found a new sponsor to take over

JLT-Condor has announced it will close at the end of the season
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

British team JLT-Condor is the latest racing team to announce their closure.

The continental outfit confirmed on Monday morning that they would cease at the end of the 2018 season.

Britain’s longest-standing UCI team was formed in 2007, and over the last decade riders have picked up wins around the world.

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Managing director of Condor Cycles, Grant Young, said: “This past decade of supporting the team has made me extremely proud.

“I’ve seen Condor bicycles ridden to national championship victories, to wins in Australia, Japan, France, Spain and South Korea to name but a few.

“There have been highs, lows, and many medals.”

Mr Young said the team have been unable to find a new sponsor to take the place of insurance company JLT, but will continue the search.

JLT-Condor riders include multiple Olympic medallist Ed Clancy and Ian Bibby.

Chief operating officer of JLT Specialty, Nick Williams-Walker said: “We are proud to have been sponsors of JLT-Condor over the last six years and to have shared in the team’s many achievements during that time.

“We would like to thank all of the riders for their dedication and hard work over the years.”

Mr Williams-Walker also gave a special mention to manager John Herety for his work developing young riders.

JLT will continue its support of cycling through it’s sponsorship of Ed Clancy as he looks to add to his tally of Olympic medals in 2020.

The British team is the latest to announce their closure, after Aqua Blue Sport folded last month.

WorldTour team BMC will not continue into 2019 in its current form, while continental outfit One Pro Cycling will close its men’s team but set up a women’s team in it’s place.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.