Floyd’s Pro Cycling has announced it is ceasing operations by the end of the year. After only one year of sponsorship from Floyd Landis, the team was unable to secure a title sponsor for the 2020 season and will now be disbanding.
Floyd Landis lent his name to the team following the settlement of his whistleblower lawsuit against Lance Armstrong. He was eligible for as much as 25 per cent of the $5 million dollar settlement Armstrong paid to the government in 2018. Winning more than a million dollars from his former U.S. Postal Service teammate, Landis invested in Floyd’s Pro Cycling and his CBD company Floyd’s of Leadville. In a sort of atonement for his history of doping, including during his 2006 Tour de France win, he sponsored this team with the aim of giving back to the North American cycling community while promoting an anti-doping message.
Floyd’s Pro Cycling, formed from former Canadian continental team Silber Pro Cycling, concludes its final season with 34 wins and three national champions. Composed of young Canadian cyclists, including four under-23 riders, the team raced in Asia, Europe and North America. Coming off of one of his most successful seasons, with an overall win at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay and 3rd place finishes at Tour of the Gila and Tour de Beauce, former team rider, Nick Zukowsky, has signed with Rally UHC for the 2020 season. Regarding the team’s folding, director Gord Fraser said on Facebook, “I wish I could say I know what I’m doing and all is well, but it’s not. I couldn’t imagine working with a better person than Scott McFarlane, the staff and riders. The last six years directing this team has been a joy. Thank you to all the sponsors we worked with, race directors for their work on putting on races, officials and volunteers on making them safe, host families for opening their homes to us and fans and spectators for cheering us. I hope I can have the opportunity to see you again someday soon.”