By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor
John Profaci, general manager of the Colavita-Sutter Home men's cycling team, confirmed with Cyclingnews today that he will be making changes to the team management for next year. Tom Schuler and his Team Sports management company will be taking over the management of the team -- similar to his role on the counterpart women's Colavita-Cooking Light team when it merged with the Quark team after 2005. "Some things just didn't happen this year," Profaci said. "The idea is to bring the two teams together -- we just couldn't get them to mesh this year."
Profaci also said that Frank McCormack will stay on as director sportif of the men's team. "Frankie is so important to the team and Tom has a lot of respect for him," he said. The move will create a team structure modeled after Schuler's successful Saturn programme that dominated domestic racing for twelve years, which Frank McCormack, as well as his brother Mark, were both a part.
Profaci said Schuler is in the beginning stages of talking to prospective riders for next year, using the criterium nationals as a starting point.