was a makeshift team that was put together from the remnants of the Coast team in time for the 2003 Tour de France
Team Coast had been unable to pay the salaries of their riders and Bianchi
took over the team and the role of title sponsor. Coast had recently signed Jan Ullrich
following his departure from after his drunk driving and amphetamine
use. During the 2003 tour while riding for Bianchi, Ullrich placed second to Lance Armstrong
by just 61 seconds, his closest ever margin in any of Armstrong's seven victorious years. In the process, Ullrich also managed to upstage Alexander Vinokourov
, Telekom's highest-placed rider, who finished third.
Team Bianchi had planned to continue on as a professional road racing
team. However, Ullrich's return to his former team Telekom (later T-Mobile, now ), as well as the departure of Ángel Casero
led to the demise of Team Bianchi as they now lacked the star power necessary to justify a top tier team.