Former Sky rider Josh Edmondson joins Continental-level Irish An Post-Chain Reaction team

Former Team Sky rider Joshua Edmondson has been signed by the Irish registered An Post-Chain Reaction team for the remainder of the 2015 season.

Edmondson’s contract with British WorldTour team Sky was not renewed for 2015, leaving the 22 year old without a contract. He rode for the Great Britain team during the Herald Sun Tour in Australia during February, and had hoped to catch the eye of a new squad: something which now seems to have come to fruition.

“I got in touch with the team through speaking with [team manager] Kurt Bogaerts and deciding together that the team would suit me,” Edmondson said.

“I’m very exciting about the coming season. I want to continue to learn this year and work on managing myself as an athlete. After a couple of years playing a team role at Sky I’m looking forward to racing aggressively and perhaps being able to race more in a style that suits me.”

Joshua Edmondson and Peter Kennaugh in action during Stage 3 of the 2014 Tour of Austria

Josh Edmondson and Peter Kennaugh in action during stage three of the 2014 Tour of Austria, which Kennaugh went on to win

Leeds-born Edmondson left Sky after two years with question marks over his perceived lack of professionalism and organisation, according to team coach Rod Ellingworth. Edmondson himself admitted they weren’t his strong points, telling Cycling Weekly in February: “They’re [Sky] very, very organised, like, Rod is the most organised guy in the world. He’s really good at his job and I’m just useless most of the time. I’d be off in my own little world and it just didn’t really work.”

UCI Continental-level An Post-Chain Reaction mainly participates in Europe Tour races in northern Europe, particularly Belgium where the squad has a base in Merchtem.