Bjarne Riis' Group To Shutter Women's Team Virtu At End Of Season

Marta Bastianelli keeps her Women's WorldTour leader's jersey after Gent-Wevelgem

According to Denmark news channel TV2 Sport , Bjarne Riis has decided to bring an end to the women's WorldTour Team Virtu due to lack of sponsorship. The former pro made the pronouncement in an interview on Monday. Team Virtu is currently fifth in the Women's WorldTour rankings and eighth in the UCI World Rankings, thanks in large part to European Champion Marta Bastianelli 's victories in the Tour of Flanders, Ronde van Drenthe and Spar-Omloop van het Hageland. Bastianelli has won seven times this season, while teammate Mieke Kröger has three, and Barbara Guarischi and Rachel Neylan each have one. Team Virtu began in 2017 after Bjarne Riis and business partner Lars Seier Christensen took over the BMS Birn squad. It was part of Riis' ambition to build a Denmark-centric cycling organisation with the aim of creating a feeder team for an eventual Danish WorldTour squad. The men's program, ...

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