Global Racing Team have signed a new sponsorship deal which will fund a new initiative to find and train top riders from the UK for the 2012 Olympics.

Swift Group will now sponsor the Belgian based team, from 1 January 2008. The sponsorship will open a new route to young riders who want to race professionally with a view to entering the Olympics in 2012. Global Racing has been established for three years and was the first ever British women?s professional team.

Manager Stefan Wyman said: ?One of the major differences in the programme is that we will constantly be reviewing new talent and feeding riders into the team on a phased basis so that we can give as many people as possible the chance to make it to the top of the sport. British cycling is doing a great job to take its selected riders forward and provide them with opportunities to succeed. We intend to continue to allow other riders to have an alternative route in cycling.?

Swift Racing has redesigned several leading riders for 2008 including Helen Wyman, Louise Moriarty and Debby van den Berg. Olympic rider Toni Bradshaw joins them along with Commonwealth Games Medallist Emma Davies Jones. The most recent addition to the squad is Alice Monger-Godfrey, who won a bronze medal in the under-23 National Championships.

This is another great boost for women’s cycling after it was announced that Nicole Cooke will be the leader of a British-sponsored professional team in 2008 after leaving the Raleigh-Lifeforce squad.

2008 Riders

Emma Davies Jones UK

Alice Monger-Godfrey UK

Gabby Day UK

Helen Wyman UK

Louise Moriarty Ireland

Jenny Fay Ireland

Toni Bradshaw New Zealand

Marina Duvnjak New Zealand

Ine Beyen Belgium

Lien Beyen Belgium

Debby van den Berg Holland

Sigrid Jochems Holland

Sarah Reynolds UK Junior

2008 Race Program (Selected Major Events)

16 March Het Volk (Belgium)

6 April Tour of Flanders (Belgium)

23 April Fleche Wallone (Belgium)

27 April Cheshire Classic (UK)

11 May Olverston Road Race (UK)

16 May Tour de L?aude (France)

7 June Omloop Humsterland

19 June Ster Eilanden

2 July GP Gerrie Knetemann

16 July Tour of Brittany

1 August World Cup Sweden TTT

3 August World Cup Sweden

10 August Holland Hills

24 August GP Plouay


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