SPRAGG SIGNS PRO CONTRACT

21-year old British rider James Spragg has turned professional with the Trek-Marco Polo squad and is one of the latest in a long line of Dave Rayner fund riders to make it on the continent.

Spragg first joined the team in 2006, racing in Holland for the then Discovery feeder team and impressed with his performances racing in Holland and in France.

Spragg will kick off his 2009 season with the Tour of Langkawi. The team has a predominantly Asian race schedule but does have a base in Holland to allow the riders to occasionally race in Europe.


ROMERO ON QUESTION FOR SPORT

Olympic gold-medallist Rebecca Romero will feature on a Question for Sport tonight at 7:30 on BBC1.

Romero admitted recently in an interview with the BBC that she is still considering a third sport in London 2012, after winning a silver in rowing in Athens and a cycling gold in Beijing.


ROLLAPALUZA ROUND-UP

Rollapaluza broke with tradition and doubled its normal race distance to 1km in round two of the Rollapaluza winter league.

47 riders and plenty of spectators turned up at the Horseshoe in East London on Wednesday night. Round one winners Rachel and Joe repeated their round one victories, although in both events there were plenty of challengers.

Results:

Female:

1. Rachel

2. Stelle

3. Agata

4. Jo

Male:

1. Joe Wood

2. Matt Theobalds

3. Jason Cattermole

4. Chris Moores

The Rollapaluza winter league continues on January 14, venue TBC.


BRITISH TRACK STARS TO SHINE AT REVOLUTION 22

The second round of this season?s Revolution series continues tomorrow (December 6) at the Manchester velodrome and will welcome yet another sell-out crowd.

The star of the show will be Chris Hoy, making his first competitive appearance in Great Britain since his incredible medal haul in Beijing. Hoy will line up against many of his British team-mates, as well as international rivals Tuen Mulder, Roberto Chiappa and Itmar Esteban.

There will also be a world-class endurance field to complement the evening?s sprint races, with CSC?s Luke Roberts to take on British stars Geraint Thomas, Ed Clancy, Steve Cummings, Chris Newton and Rob Hayles.

One of the highlights of the evening?s entertainment will once again be the head-to-head between the team sprint and team pursuit squads. With Chris Hoy back on side, the sprinters will be looking to settle the score after defeat at the last Revolution; over a longer course of 1km and without the flying start, they could be in with a chance.

In other racing, Lizzie Armitstead, Jo Rowsell, Katie Colclough and Alex Greenfield will take on some of their finest British counterparts.

?I?m really looking forward to racing at Revolution,? said Armitstead. ?It is a fantastic opportunity to ride with some strong girls and get even more experience to take into World Cup events?.

Completing the star-studded line-up will be Bradley Wiggins. Giving his legs a rest before a heavy road season next year, Wiggins will be available to sign copies of his new book, In Pursuit of Glory.

For further details, please visit www.cyclingrevolution.com


FROM THE MAGAZINE THIS WEEK

Ben Swift got together with his new Katyusha team in Italy two weeks ago and will head back for a pre-Christmas camp after spending some time training in Manchester. ?It was good to meet up with the team, but I didn?t know anyone,? admitted Swift. He does not know much about his 2009 race programme as of yet, but says he will find out more at the upcoming training camp.

British Cycling?s Rod Ellingworth is moving from the Academy to work with the senior riders, but took a moment to praise the four new Academy riders, Luke Rowe, Erick Rowsell, Mark Christian and Andrew Fenn. ?I think the four lads that have joined the Academy this winter are the strongest four we?ve ever had,? said Ellingworth. ?Each year since we set up the Academy in 2003 we?ve looked at it and thought one or two would probably make it, but you look at these four and they?ve all got a great chance of making it.? See this week?s Cycling Weekly for a ride with Erick Rowsell.

Sports Beans enjoyed a fine first season in the Premier Calendar this year, largely as a result of Polish rider, Marcin Bialoblocki. Team manager Clive Richardson has strengthened the team to support the Polish rider with the signing of Richard Wilkinson and mountain-biker, Will Bjergfelt.

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