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Scott Sunderland has resigned as sporting manager of the newly formed Cervelo Test Team having rapidly put together the squad that includes 2008 Tour winner Carlos Sastre.

Speaking at the presentation of next year?s Tour de France route Sunderland said; ?We made a mutual agreement that I?m not going to be there.?

Although Sunderland believes the future of the team - that includes four British riders - is secure, he did say they still had a lot to do if they were going to be ready to start competing early in the new year. ?I stepped out of it a week ago,? Sunderland said. ?They still need to get a few things done which I hope they?re doing.?

?The talent of the riders and the capabilities of the staff is great. I did have probably 80 percent of the control over the team and who those people were going to be. That?s great and they?re going to win bike races.?

Without a ProTour licence the Cervelo Test Team will have to rely on early season results to get in the 2009 Tour, even with the current champion Carlos Sastre riding for them.

Although much of the responsibility for results will fall on the shoulders of the experienced riders like Sastre, Thor Hushovd and Andreas Klier, the Brits who have signed for the team will also have their part to play.

Roger Hammond, Jeremy Hunt, Dan Lloyd and Dan Fleeman will all be riding in Cervelo colours next year.


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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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