|Registered|| Hong Kong: 2003–2004|
|Team manager(s)||Remko Kramer|
|Team name history|
|Marco Polo Cycling Team|
Discovery Channel-Marco Polo Team
Trek-Marco Polo Cycling Team
Marco Polo Cycling Team
Marco Polo Cycling-Donckers Koffie
Marco Polo Cycling–Donckers Koffie (UCI Code: MPC) was a UCI Continental cycling team, registered in Ethiopia. The team is named after traveller Marco Polo, and has title sponsorship from Belgian coffee company Donckers Koffie.
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The idea of the team came in 1998 and in 2001 the team was registered in Hong Kong. In 2003 it became a UCI Continental teamand from 2005 the team was registered in China becoming the first professional cycling team from China.
Li Fuyu rode with the team for two years from 2005 before joining the Discovery Channel team. This led to a partnership between the teams, resulting in the 2007 Discovery Channel Marco Polo team. In 2008, Trek became the sponsor and the name became Trek-Marco Polo. The team has a house in the Netherlands for riders.[ citation needed ]
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After a ten-year run the team did not have a sponsor for 2013 season.[ citation needed ]
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