Cycling Team News

Quite a lot of team news going about the place at the moment.

Firstly Rapha Condor have announced their team line-up for next year. I believe one of the strongest line-ups on the UK circuit. They've signed Jonathan Tiernan Locke from the defunkt SportsBeans team. Jonathan put on some excellent performances last year and is a great signing. This added with getting workhorse Graham Briggs from CandiTV, alongside British National Road Champion Kristan House and crit powerhouses Chris Newton and Dean Downing.

My one to watch, not only in Rapha Condor but in the season as a whole will be Darren Lapthorne. The Aussie put some amazing performances last year, getting in 3 or more breakaways in the Tour of Britain and the legendary ride at the Chester Tour Series.

Rapha Condor Cycling Team 2010

Graham Briggs
Dan Craven
Matt Cronshaw
Zak Dempster
Dean Downing
Ben Greenwood
Kristian House
Darren Lapthorne
Chris Newton
Tom Southam
Jonathan Tiernan Locke
Dean Windsor

Another team worth watching is the Endura Racing Team.

Bike clothing manufacturer Endura has invested heavily in this team, poaching Rob Hayles from Halfords Bikehut to be both rider and team captain. He has bought along some of his buddies too including one to watch, Ian Wilkinson.

Team Endura Cycling Team 2010
Jack Bauer
Ross Creber
Jason Christie
Gary Hand
Rob Hayles
Evan Oliphant
Sandy King
David Lines
James McCallum
James Moss
Rob Partridge
Scott Thwaites
Callum Wilkinson
Ian Wilkinson

There are also 2 new cycling teams in the form of The Metaltek Racing Team sponsored by cycling website www.cyclepremier.com and renewable energy energy company Infinis. They will ride Basso Bikes.

The other team being South West based
Pendragon Sports/Le Col/Colnago, Pendragon organised a number of cyclo-sportives throughout the year. The lineup is already quite impressive with international rider Yanto Barker on board.

CandiTV Marshalls Pasta are yet to name their squad having lost Russell Downing to Sky, however sponsor Motorpoint have announced they will become a bigger sponsor in 2010.

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