STANNARD TO SIGN FOR LANDBOUWKREDIET
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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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) 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 became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.
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