Ian Wilkinson SIS Trek

National road race champion Rob Hayles is set to be joined by SIS-Trek's Ian Wilkinson and Rapha-Condor's Rob Partridge in the expanded Halfords Bikehut team next season, Cycling Weekly understands.

Last year Hayles and Tom Southam rode for Halfords in the British domestic races. While Southam has moved to Rapha-Condor, Welsh rider Rob Partridge, who was third overall at the Ras in Ireland in May, travels in the opposite direction.

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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.