Olympic Academy rider Ian Stannard is set to sign for the Belgian Landbouwkrediet team this weekend

20-year-old Stannard rode as a stagiaire for T-Mobile for the last two months of the 2007 season in a trial period, but the adversity that engulfed the team in November blocked his chances of signing a full contract with the team.

He will now join the Professional Continental ranked Landbouwkrediet - Tonissteiner team where he will line up with his fellow Brits Ed Clancy and Paul Manning.

British Cycling had hoped that Stannard would sign for a ProTour team, as several of them showed interest. But with the market shrinking as sponsors pulled out, the amateurs looking to join the pro ranks were hit the hardest.

Stannard is likely to continue to use Quarrata, Italy, as his base, as more of the new legion of British pro?s move to the village where British Cycling?s Olympic Academy is based.

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Simon Richardson
Simon Richardson

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 

Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


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