The EF Education women at Brabantse Pijl in 2023 EF Pro Cycling announced on Thursday they will start a women’s team that will race as EF Education-Cannondale next season.
The press release was vague and did not mention how this would affect the current Women’s WorldTeam of Paris-Roubaix winner Alison Jackson and junior time trial World Champion Zoe Bäckstedt , which recently lost long-time sponsors Tibco and Silicon Valley Bank due to "recent economic challenges and events" after the bank’s collapse earlier this year. The two companies had supported the women’s team, run by Linda Jackson, since 2008.
EF Education joined the team as a co-title sponsor in 2022 but Jackson owns and manages the squad. Calls to EF Pro Cycling gave no clarification, and Linda Jackson could not be reached for comment.
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