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"We had some things that were cooking, but they kind of all fell through. It's hard enough when you barely have enough money to run a team, to try and do it without enough money, you can get yourself in trouble."

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06.12.2014 @ 11:28 Posted by Joseph Doherty

After five seasons in the US peloton, 2014 was the last year of the 5-hour Energy team. Owner Jason Kriel said the team folded due to loss of the title sponsor.

 

"We had some things that were cooking, but they kind of all fell through," Kriel said of his attempts to replace the energy drink company that has sponsored the team since 2011. "It didn't make any sense for us to try and force something. It's hard enough when you barely have enough money to run a team, to try and do it without enough money, you can get yourself in trouble."

 

The team was relatively small until Phil Gaimon took the 2012 Redlands Bicycle classic and after that the team merged with On the Rivet Management's Competitive Cyclist, with On the Rivet taking control of the new venture in 2013. Francisco Mancebo came along with the deal, producing the most successful season the team had.

 

Mancebo finished third overall at the Tour of the Gila, taking the queen stage before he won a stage and finished third overall at the Tour of Utah before he won the 2013 National Racing Calendar too.

 

But once the Spaniard left for Skydive Dubai in the 2013 offseason, the team struggled to replace him and get results and the final nail in the coffin came this year, when they weren’t invited to any of the big UCI 2.HC or 2.1 races in the US such as the Tours of Utah, Colorado and California. Frankie Andreu, team director since 2010, announced he was leaving at the end of the season and many of the team’s riders found contracts elsewhere.

 

"I was real honest with the guys; I told them back in August," Kriel said. "Is it good for me? No. But I've always looked out for my riders and I didn't want to get those guys in a pinch. I think the majority of them have all been placed in new jobs. So I'm happy about that."

 

"We're going to try and work on something for 2016 versus trying to force something this late in the game," he said.

 

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