The UCI has approved Team High Road‘s request to change its country of registration from Germany to the U.S.
“The team is now registered as a U.S. team,” team spokeswoman Kristy Scrymgeor told VeloNews. “So in effect, it is currently the only U.S. ProTour team.”
The team has officially moved its headquarters to San Luis Obispo, California, after Tuesday’s UCI approval of a request by team director and owner Bob Stapleton.
“We are an international team and proud of it,” Stapleton noted in a team announcement. “We are open to committed athletes from wherever they come from. One of the simple pleasures of this team is the international diversity and personal character each athlete brings to the team.”
The High Road program incorporates both elite men’s and women’s teams and features riders from 16 countries, including national champions from Australia, Germany, Norway, Italy and the U.S., as well as 11 former national champions and three current or former world champions.
Stapleton said the change does not signal an end to the team’s European operations.
“We remain committed to our European operations center in Germany and our excellent staff located there,” he said.
Team High Road is the successor to the now-defunct T-Mobile team, which once ruled the roads as Germany’s top professional road program. The team’s relationship with German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom ended in November after more than a year of doping scandals, the vast majority of which occurred prior to a management shake-up that led to Stapleton’s appointment as manager. Stapleton, who earned his personal fortune when he sold his cellular company to Deutsche Telekom, then assumed control and ownership of the team.