Australian Crit champ one of 12 new signings for ambitious British UCI squad

Australian circuit race champion Steele Von Hoff headlines NFTO’s roster for 2015, which includes 12 new signings.

Twenty-six-year-old Von Hoff switches from Garmin-Sharp, for whom he raced in 2013 and 2014.

He is hoping to emulate Adam Blythe, who reignited his career with NFTO in 2014 after joining from BMC.

“The team are fully supportive of my ambitions and my main aim to get back to WorldTour level,” Von Hoff told CW. “Adam achieved the same goal riding with NFTO this season, so I think they’re the best squad to help me achieve the same target.”

Highly-rated teenager – and winner of this year’s Junior Tours of Wales and Ireland – Eddie Dunbar turned down offers from other British and American teams to switch to NFTO, who will be managed next season by former UK Youth man Dave Povall.

Johnny McEvoy and Ian Bibby are reunited at NFTO after two years apart; the pair were a force on the British scene with Motorpoint and Endura Racing as recently as 2012.

Five riders have been retained from this season’s line-up: Dale Appleby, Sam Harrison, James Lewis, James Lowsley-Williams and Hugh Wilson.

* See today’s Cycling Weekly (December 11) for more on NFTO’s 2015 line-up.

NFTO 2015 line-up
Dale Appleby
Tom Barras (joins from Wheelbase-Altura MGD)
Ian Bibby (joins from Madison-Genesis)
Edmund Bradbury (joins from Cambridge University RT)
Eddie Dunbar (joins from Kanturk CC)
Sam Harrison
Justin Hoy (joins from Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves)
James Lewis
Rhys Lloyd (joins from Metaltek)
James Lowsley-Williams
Richard Mardle (joins from Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves)
Zach May (joins from Metaltek)
Johnny McEvoy (joins from NetApp-Endura)
Rob Partridge (joins from Giordana Racing)
Steele Von Hoff (joins from Garmin-Sharp)
Hugh Wilson
Joe Wiltshire (joins from the NFTO Race Club)