Team IG-Sigma Sport has strengthened its squad with the mid-season signing of Ben Greenwood.
Greenwood, a former national under-23 champion in road race and hill climb disciplines, has left Hope Factory Racing to join the London-based UCI Continental team.
The former Rapha Condor JLT rider will make his debut in the black and red of IG-Sigma Sport at the Ryedale Grand Prix next Sunday (July 28).
Greenwood said: “I’m really looking forward to riding for a UCI team again with all the support and benefits the team can bring me.
“My main priority is to be competitive in the international stage races and continue the progress I showed in the An Post Ras.
“Hopefully I can bring my years of experience to the team to improve the way the team rides as a unit and ensure the best possible results for the team and the sponsors’’.
IG-Sigma Sport has been dogged by bad luck in a season where Pete Hawkins crashed out of the Ras while wearing the yellow jersey of race leader.
The team suffered a disappointing Tour Series campaign and will seek to bounce back with strong performances in the remaining races of the Premier Calendar in a bid to earn selection for the Tour of Britain.
IG-Sigma Sport performed strongly in last year’s national tour, and with the closed-season signing of Pete Williams, who won the Tour of Britain’s points jersey while racing for Node4-Giordana, will hope to produce the form that has eluded them in crit races.
Director sportif, Simon Howes, thanked Hope Factory Racing for their help with the transfer and described the signing of Greenwood as “great news” for IG-Sigma Sport.
“I have been following his performances this year and we all know what he’s achieved in the past,” he said.
“His results have shown he will bring even greater consistency to our performances this season alongside the other experienced riders in the squad.”
“Ben’s focus will be towards selection for the TOB and the other UCI races we have been selected for.’
IG-Sigma Sport will race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday August 4.