Team Halfords Bikehut

Rob Hayles is going to lead the expanded Halfords Bikehut team in 2009, and he could be supported by as many as seven other riders.

However, Pinarello?s Russell Downing will not be the joint leader of the squad, despite a tentative approach to Phil Griffiths to see if he would be available.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.