Owain Doull chooses 'Team Wiggins' over Europcar

In an interview with the Telegraph, Owain Doull admits moving to Europcar would not be the best decision for his career development

Owain Doull waits, British national track championships 2012

Owain Doull has reportedly turned down a contract with Europcar in order to ride for the Bradley Wiggins' new team.

In October, CW reported that the Welshman was set to sign (opens in new tab) for the French outfit, but in an interview with Tom Cary of the Telegraph (opens in new tab), Doull admitted that at the age of 21 the WorldTour team may not be the right team to develop his career at this stage.

“I'm not going to ride for Europcar next year," he said. “It was meant to happen but I decided to go somewhere else. I think for me, in terms of my development and my future for the next few years, it's a better decision.”

“Obviously I do want to turn pro,” he added. “But I think maybe a team like Europcar is not really the best place to go if you're not sure you're ready. So yeah I made the decision to hold back and wait another year.”

The 21-year-old, who rode for An Post-Chain Reaction in 2014, told Cary that riding on the track at Rio 2016 is still on his radar, having considered moving to the road full time.

Doull believes that riding with Wiggins’ team in the year before the Games would help him get in the best possible shape to ensure selection for the Team Pursuit.

CW reported in October that riders such as Andy Tennant and Mark Christian (opens in new tab) look set to ride for Wiggins’ team, with Tennant calling it the “obvious move” (opens in new tab).

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.