Tom Southam

Next month Tom Southam will return from an 18-month spell in Australia to team up with Rob Hayles to race Premier Calendar events for Halfords Bikehut.

The 26-year-old from Cornwall left Barloworld before the end of the 2006 season and left Europe. When he arrived in Australia he had no plans to continue racing but spent 2007 in the colours of Team Drapac, basing himself in Bendigo, north of Melbourne.

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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.