A new British-registered UCI women's team was unveiled today, owned and managed by Rochelle Gilmore with Honda as one title sponsor and backing from Bradley Wiggins via his Foundation. For now the team name is DTPC-Honda, where DTPC stands for 'Dream Team Professional Cycling' (Gilmore's company), but a lead title sponsor is under negotiation. Italian sprinter and 2010 & 2011 World Road Race champion Giorgia Bronzini will be the lead rider and Gilmore will herself ride. The line-up features five Brits, including Olympic team pursuit champions Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell and Junior World ITT champion Elinor Barker.
Gilmore previously formed and led the Honda Dream Team that raced in Australia in the summers of 2009-10 and 2010-11 (photo: John O'Neill via Wikimedia Commons).
The press release states that "Gilmore is presently in deep negotiations with a global company based in the United Kingdom". Cyclingnews speculates that this could be Sky. It may or may not be relevant that they'll be riding Pinarello Dogma 65.1s. [UPDATE Nov 8: Gilmore has dismissed this speculation in an interview this morning with BBC Sport's Matt Slater by saying the company in question "is not already involved with men's cycling".]
They plan to target the 'classics and sprint style races'. Bronzini and Gilmore's 2012 UCI points should be sufficient to ensure a place among the top teams that must be invited to all the UCI Women's Road World Cup races, as well as UCI 1st category races.
They have a twitter account, @DTPCHonda, and a facebook fan page 'Dream Team Pro Cycling'. They also released a document with rider profiles, though these give little more than dates and places of birth and brief palmarès. A website is 'coming soon'. 22 year-old Australian rider Miffy Galloway (@MiffyG) will be handling their PR but won't be riding for them, or for anyone else in Europe next summer.