Great Britain track sprinter Ross Edgar has siged to the IG-Sigma Sport road team for 2013, and hopes to get a ride in the Tour of Britain and Tour Series.
The 2008 Olympic keirin silver medallist missed out on riding in the London 2012 Games, and will have a dual focus for 2013 – riding on both the road and track. He will continue as part of the GB track programme.
“I’ve been a member of the GB Cycling Team track sprint squad for the past 12 years and I’ve loved the success and opportunities that have come along with it, the highlight being winning an Olympic silver medal in Beijing,” said Edgar in a team statement.
“Road riding was one element of my training, which I particularly enjoyed and I’ve always thought I could make the transition into road, racing. I’d like to thank the GB coaches for their support in particular Shane Sutton who continues to be a source of good advice and support.”
“My goals are the Tour Series in the summer followed by the Tour of Britain. I look forward to the new challenge, more opportunities to get a race number on my back and also making a right hand turn at race speeds,” joked Edgar.
Edgar is not the first track sprinter to hit the tarmac by any means. One recent rider to make the move to asphalt is Dutchman Theo Bos, whose turn of speed in the velodrome has stood him in good stead on the road with several wins during 2012 including in the Eneco Tour and Tour of Turkey.
Edgar will ride in the Revolution track event in Manchester on January 5, and then in the IG London Nocturne on January 20.