Floyd Landis and Gord Fraser announced the first riders to be signed to their new Continental team, which will be named Floyd’s Pro Cycling. The team will race primarily on the road, but with new equipment sponsor Van Dessel, they will compete in some gravel and mountain bike events.
Landis is funding the team in part with the money from settling of his False Claims Act suit against Lance Armstrong and the US Postal Service team management and owners. Landis’ Continental team will be registered in Canada and has acquired infrastructure from the defunct Silber Pro Cycling team.
However, the registration ran into legal issues with the Canadian Government, so the team name had to be changed from Floyd’s of Leadville Pro Cycling due to Canada’s legalisation of cannabis.
“Canada is sorting out the legalities surrounding CBD and athletics,” Landis said in a press release. “My commitment to the team remains unchanged regardless of what it needs to be called. After years of litigation, I have no desire to enter another lengthy legal battle over the name.”
Fraser, who also directed Silber, has been leading the way with the signings.
“We’re going to focus on developing the best young cycling talent in Canada while expanding to recruit some of North America’s most dynamic and proven riders,” he said.
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