16/01/2013 | 1 comments
Olympic keirin silver medalist, Ross Edgar, will race on the road for IG-Sigma Sport next season.
Edgar, 29, who took finished second to Sir Chris Hoy in the Olympic keirin final at the Beijing Games in 2008, will continue to train on the track with Team GB.
The Commonwealth Games gold medalist, who has been a member of the Great Britain sprint squad for 12 years, will target the biggest events on the domestic road calendar in 2013.
“Road riding was one element of my training, which I particularly enjoyed and I’ve always thought I could make the transition into road racing,” he said.
“My goals are the Tour Series in the summer followed by the Tour of Britain.
“I look forward to the new challenge, more opportunities to get a race number on my back and also making a right hand turn at race speeds.”
Edgar made a point of thanking British Cycling’s head coach, Shane Sutton, whom he said continued to be a source of good advice and support.
Sutton said: “The opportunity to ride with IG Sigma Sport next year marks an exciting new stage in his career and I wish him good luck with it’’.
Edgar said he had also gained advice from Dutch sprinter, Theo Bos, a former world sprint champion on the track and a road rider with the Blanco WorldTour team, formerly Rabobank.
“His belief in my ability to make the transition, and seeing his successful transfer has given me great confidence and I’m looking forward starting to my new career on the road,” said Edgar.
Edgar will make his first appearance in IG-Sigma Sport colours on the track, at the sold out round of the Revolution Series, on Saturday January 5, 2013.
The team will be officially unveiled at the London Bike Show at the Excel Centre on Friday January 18, 2013, and compete in the IG London Nocturne two days later.
2013 IG-Sigma Sport line-up