GB endurance squad members likely to form key part of track-focused team set up by the former Tour de France champion.
Recently-crowned European individual pursuit champion Andy Tennant and former British Cycling Olympic Academy rider Mark Christian will link up with Bradley Wiggins at his new team in 2015, Cycling Weekly understands.
Wiggins is setting up a new, UCI Continental-ranked squad, to aid his transition from the road to the track as he prepares for the Rio Olympics in 2016. He is likely to join them after next year’s Paris-Roubaix on April 12, which is believed to be his last outing for Team Sky.
And while some members of Britain’s men’s endurance squad – namely Ed Clancy and Owain Doull – will not join the team pursuit-focused outfit because of existing contracts elsewhere, CW understands Tennant and Christian are among its first signings.
“I’m moving on from Raleigh for next year anyway,” said Christian, who had also ridden for AnPost-Sean Kelly since graduating from the BC Academy, when asked about his plans for 2015.
The 23-year-old Manxman is a recent edition to British Cycling’s Olympic Podium Programme, having been approached by men’s endurance coach Paul Manning shortly after the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
“A couple of weeks after the Commies, I had an email from Paul via [GB technical director] Shane Sutton, who said they had looked at my performances at the Games and throughout the year on the road,” Christian explained.
“There was an opportunity for them to bring me back in to the track team, starting with the build-up to the Euros and aiming for selection at the Worlds next year.”
Tennant rode with Madison-Genesis in 2013 and 2014, but CW understands the 27-year-old was left in the dark in regards to his future.
Full details of “Team Wiggins” are expected to be announced within the month; see this week’s Cycling Weekly for more information.