Cycle Collstrop (UCI team code: COS) was a Swedish UCI Professional Continental cycling team. It was the successor to Unibet.com, which was mainly sponsored by the online gambling website Unibet.com and as a continuation of the MrBookmaker.com cycling team.
|General manager||Koen Terryn|
|Team manager(s)||Jacques Hanegraaf|
|Team name history|
MrBookmaker.com – Palmans
MrBookmaker – Sports Tech
The team rode on the European Continental Circuit, until the beginning of the 2007 season, when they were granted a ProTour licence. In 2008, they were awarded a Professional Continental licence. The new team was led by Steffen Wesemann, and problems previously experienced through having had sponsorship from a betting company were avoided with new sponsorship from a wooden flooring company.
Unibet.com had also been drawn into the Operación Puerto doping investigation. The cyclist Carlos Quesada was named by the Spanish authorities as a patient of Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes and was suspended by the team. Although Quesada had been named, he has not yet been formally charged with doping, which led to the management of Unibet.com to lift its suspension of Quesada two weeks after it was imposed. Nevertheless, the team did not pay the Spanish cyclist his salary, which led to a lawsuit, finally resolved with Quesada leaving the team in exchange for a compensation.
The team, whose sponsors have pulled out of cycling, failed to submit its application for renewal by the 20 November 2007 deadline and did not take part in the 2008 UCI ProTour. Many of the team members went to the newly formed team Vacansoleil.
Dispute with race organisers Edit
Despite obtaining a ProTour license for the 2007 season, Unibet.com were not granted entry in Paris–Nice, the inaugural race of the series. The organiser of the French race, Amaury Sport Organisation, argued that French law bans gambling companies (except for Française des Jeux and PMU, as well as some casinos). Nevertheless, Unibet.com took part in the French races GP La Marseillaise and Étoile de Bessèges with special jerseys without their sponsor's name.
RCS also snubbed Unibet.com for the Tirreno–Adriatico, explaining that Italian gambling law required a special license for Unibet. However, as the Unibet.com management pointed out, Unibet did have the license, while Predictor-Lotto's sponsor (the Belgian national lottery) did not, but the Belgian squad was allowed to race on Italian soil. RCS further contradicted themselves when they later invited Unibet.com to Milan–San Remo in which Jeremy Hunt was their best rider, finishing in 17th place, ahead of former winners such as Filippo Pozzato or Paolo Bettini.
However, Unibet.com was not chosen to ride in any of the three Grand Tours.
Major wins Edit
- Nationale Sluitingsprijs, (Gorik Gardeyn)
- Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise, (Jeremy Hunt)
- Stage 3, Tour Down Under, (Baden Cooke)
- Le Samyn, (Jimmy Casper)
- General classification, Record Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, (Jimmy Casper)
- Points classification, Record Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, (Jimmy Casper)
- Stage 1, Record Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, (Jimmy Casper)
- General classification, Tour of Ireland, ((Stijn Vandenbergh))
- Mountains classification, Volta a Catalunya, (Luis Pasamontes)
- Stage 8, Tour de Suisse, (Rigoberto Urán)
Final roster Edit
- Stokes, Shane (15 December 2006). "Unibet in, Saiz out, ProTour place still possible for Astana". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 15 December 2006.
- Quesada temporarily suspended[permanent dead link]
- Quesada to compete again[permanent dead link]
- "uciprotour.com". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2007.