JLT-Condor's Richard Handley also expected to join the British squad for 2016.

One Pro Cycling will add Australian sprinter Steele von Hoff and Briton Richard Handley to their 2016 line-up, Cycling Weekly understands.

Von Hoff will make the switch from NFTO, for whom he signed after his contract with WorldTour outfit Garmin-Sharp expired at the end of 2014.

The Australian Circuit Race Champion has enjoyed a successful 2015 season, winning a stage of the Tour Down Under for a composite national team, this year’s Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic ahead of One’s sprinter Chris Opie as well the individual glory at the Canary Wharf Tour Series round.

However, the 27-year-old was surprisingly left out of NFTO’s line-up for this week’s Tour of Britain, although it’s not clear whether or not his impending transfer was behind that decision.

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Handley, 25, will become the second rider after Kristian House to switch to One in 2016 from JLT-Condor. He placed 10th in this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, and has spent four seasons with John Herety’s team.

One have applied to become a UCI ProContinental team next season: if successful, the governing body’s rules requires second division teams to have a minimum of 14 riders on their roster.

The team previously confirmed the signings of House and Polish rider Karol Domagalski from Raleigh-GAC on Friday.

NFTO are also believed to have applied for ProConti status, which makes Von Hoff’s move all the more surprising.

  • J1

    Did he win a single race though?

  • phill

    He was the top ranked rider on British cycling this year, not the same results as Adam Blythe who was top ranked last year but still good

  • Mark Jones

    Have NFTO actually applied for a Pro Conti licence, or is this speculation based on what they planned back in April. The silence on the subject suggests otherwise.

  • J1

    His results haven’t been great this year, that was One Pro’s reasoning.

  • Mark Jones

    I had read that he was wanting to move away from the crits, so I don’t think he will remain with a British domestic team (if he has a choice).

  • Steven Nicholson

    they didn’t offer him a contract, he shouldn’t have any trouble finding a new team, any team wanting to do well in the Tour Series or Elite Circuit Series will surely be interested in him.

  • phill

    Still seems daft not keeping Jon Mould unless he was moving somewhere better