Roompot – Charles Cycling Team will no longer be seen in professional cycling next season, neither under a different name. After Roompot Vakanties announced they wouldn’t extend their sponsorship deal, multiple efforts were made to find a successor. However, the team management was unable to attract new partners with sufficient financial guarantees.
“We’ve waited as long as possible to send this press release,” says team manager Michael Zijlaard. “After all, you keep hoping that a solution can be found somewhere, even though it seemed less likely by the day. Now, unfortunately, it’s definite. After five exciting years we’re saying goodbye to professional cycling with the team.”
Roompot – Charles Cycling Team and its respective predecessors have always been a team where riders and staff members were given opportunities to develop careers in professional cycling, says team manager Nick Nuyens. “In the past few years, lots of riders were able to show their worth in our team colors. We’re proud that many of them have been able to switch to the WorldTour or other professional teams. Now, several riders and staff members have already found a place for next year. We hope that everyone ends up well, we’ll guide them in their search for a new employer.”
Zijlaard hails the team’s impeccable track record: “Above all, we want to look back positively and take the good memories with us. In addition, it’s not inappropriate to mention that we’ve always had a squeaky clean record with the team. There have never been any significant problems, we’ve always acted correctly and met our financial obligations towards the UCI and other stakeholders. We’ve represented the numerous partners who expressed their faith in our project as well as possible. It was the best way to thank them for their trust.”
In the coming weeks, the last one-day races of the season are scheduled for the Roompot – Charles riders, including the Tacx Pro Classic and Paris – Tours. After the Sluitingsprijs Putte – Kapellen it’s over for the road team. Afterwards, Lars Boom and Sean De Bie will ride a few cyclo-cross races in the Charles CX outfit.