Monday’s British news round-up


Britain?s Dan Fleeman is currently in action at the Tour de Langkawi.

Making his debut for the Cervélo Test Team, Fleeman finished the first stage with the bunch, which was won by the Serramenti PVC rider, Mattia Gavazzi.

The race continues until Sunday February 15.


Sabbath racing teamAbove: team launch at the Triathlon Cycling Running show at Sandown Park in Surrey

Team Sabbath-Claytan, a new British domestic squad, was launched recently at Sandown Park in Surrey. Formed of eight promising riders, the team aims to target the increasingly popular UK Premier Calendar races and the new Tour Series criteriums.

Funded and supported by UK bike brand Sabbath Bicycles and Claytan Australia, the team?s primary focus will be to develop espoir riders in an academy atmosphere.

The team boast new sponsors and a new ethos, but has been developed from the disbanded KFS Special Vehicles squad which Sabbath was second sponsor to during the last two seasons.

?We aren?t looking to follow the well worn format of providing riders with clothing, bikes, some spares, then seeing what happens,? explained Greg Roche of Sabbath Bicycles.

?We?re looking to offer increased technical support in an ongoing and meaningful way, while also nurturing the younger athletes? sense of responsibility to themselves, the team and their sponsors,? he said.

?The quality of UK racing has improved dramatically in recent years and any team looking to be competitive needs to be more professional then ever,? added Roche.

2009 line-up

Dave Coulson

Gareth Jones

Greg Roche

Gareth Hewitt

Daffyd Dylan

Richard Sykes-Popham

Kieron Frend

Josh Andjelkovic

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Matt Brammeier made his debut for the AN Post-Sean Kelly Team last week at the Etoile de Bessèges stage-race in France.

Brammeier finished the race 109th overall, 42:10 down on race-winner, Thomas Voeckler.


The Rollapaluza Winter League, also known as the ?Brass Monkey?, continues this Wednesday at The Horseshoe pub in Clerkenwell, East London.

Breaking from the traditional distance of 500m, the riders will once again be faced with a gruelling 1000m challenge.

Also new is a digital timing system, with competitors taking the event ever more seriously.

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