British youngster Josh Edmondson handed a lifeline at the Herald Sun Tour

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Young British talent Josh Edmondson has found himself out of contract after being released by Team Sky at the end of last season.

The 22 year-old was let go by the British WorldTour team at the end of his two-year neo-professional contract, having failed to gel with the team’s highly structured programme, and is yet to secure a professional ride for 2015.

Edmondson has now been handed a lifeline at Australia’s Herald Sun Tour (February 4-8), where he will ride for a Great Britain squad featuring Olympic Academy riders Gabriel Cullaigh, Chris Lawless, Jake Kelly and Scott Davies, and Academy mountain biker Grant Ferguson.

“He’s out of contract but he’s got this opportunity now with GB to put himself back in the shop window, to put himself back on the map,” said Keith Lambert, Great Britain’s U23 Academy manager who will take the team to Australia.

Edmondson himself, who last week was understood to be training in Calpe, Spain, with the Olympic triathletes Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, was unavailable for comment when contacted by Cycling Weekly.

Rod Ellingworth, performance manager at Team Sky, explained that Edmondon’s disorganization, lack of professionalism and poor communication was behind his release from the squad.

“He is talented, but there is a lot of talent out there and this isn’t a conveyor belt,” said Ellingworth.

For more on Edmondson’s departure from Team Sky, see the latest issue of Cycling Weekly magazine.

  • Smack Gurn

    Hm yeah, unfortunate that this had to be made public for the guy. Hopefully he will learn from this experience and come back stronger (and wiser)

  • hailpantani

    Couldn’t agree more Nick and Barry – if Ellingworth did in fact use those words he himself is guilty of being very unprofessional. It is not his job to talk down Josh Edmondson in public. What he says could have a negative effect on Josh Edmondson’s career prospects.

  • Alex Ingham

    I think that might be slightly untrue, as I talked to Ben Swift in palma airport last week as he ate a huge chocolate bar…

  • steve

    Was that an unreferenced quote out of context from rouleur magazine?

  • yenrod

    Dario Cataldo who moved to Astana this season recently said that it’s STRICT at Sky, can’t even have a choc. bar!…Wiggins has had probs. Its a strict set up!!

  • Barry Mordue

    I would suggest that it is Rod Ellingworth that is actually very un-professional to state these things publicly. This could be damaging to a young highly talented athlete’s career. Maybe Rod should work on getting the team some respectable results instead of the very mediocre ones they got last year.. Lots of money spent with little to show.. Maybe there approach needs a re-think?

  • Nick Senechal

    It seems very harsh for Rod Ellingworth to make such harsh statements publicly. At such a young age a rider is surely capable of change, and shouldn’t be labelled by anyyhing but his performance on thr road: so whilst he might not have lived up to Sky’s exacting standards there was no reason to share these opinions with anyone but the rider concerned. To do otherwise doesnt reflect well on Team Sky’s own professional standards.