The Australian cycling team entry in the soon to be launched 2016 Tour de France has undergone a name change from Orica-GreenEGDE to Orica-BikeExchange. The riders remain the same.
The change is a mild windfall for whichever company makes up the kits the riders wear, but they will need to work fast in order to get it all ready in the limited time remaining.
The new arrangement is good until the end of 2016 and will then be reviewed.
Orica, a manufacturer of mining explosives, will continue as naming rights sponsor next year, but it will be the fifth and final year of their partnership with the Australian touring cyclers.
Professional cycling teams undergo these sorts of changes on a routine basis, as the expense of supporting a professional team can be anywhere from $10 to $35 million per year.
Orica-BikeExchange is hoping to claim some stages in this year’s Tour de France, but does not seem to have anyone capable of contending for the general classification title.
The three leaders of the team will be Michael Matthews, Simon Gerrans and Adam Yates, who looks to figure in the climbing stages, as the riders to watch in the 2016 Tour de France.