Steve Cummings 2007

British pro Stephen Cummings has this week signed for the Barloworld team. Cummings will join fellow GB team pursuiter Geraint Thomas, at the Italian based, British registered team in 2008.

The move comes after the demise of the American Discovery Channel team, where Cummings has ridden this year, following the team?s failure to secure a new sponsor.

Although Cummings is stepping down from a ProTour to a Professional Continental team, officials at British Cycling had moved quickly to secure Cummings a new contract after both the Discovery and teams announced their intentions to cease operations, flooding the transfer market with out of work riders.

And with Barloworld looking to expand after their performance at this year?s Tour de France ? where they won the King of the Mountains competition as well as two stages ? their race programme should include most ProTour events.

Cummings will again look to ride the Tour of Italy next year, before returning to the British team to prepare for the team pursuit at the Olympics in August. Bradley Wiggins is likely to follow a similar programme.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

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.