'There's no egos, no one's shy, it's just good fun. I've never seen a group gel so quickly'

Bike Channel-Canyon's marquee signing Chris Opie was taken aback by the camaraderie on the team's first get-together

Chris Opie, Tour Series 2014 Redditch

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Youthfulness and a common bond can propel Bike Channel-Canyon to success in 2017 and beyond, claims their marquee signing Chris Opie.

Opie, who is leaving One Pro Cycling after two years, joined the new British UCI Continental outfit after being impressed by the team's long-term plans, as well as having the option to work with Tim Elverson, the team's sports director.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.