Sharon Laws and Hannah Barnes join UnitedHealthcare for 2014

Sharon Laws, British road race national championships 2013

Former British road race champion Sharon Laws and criterium specialist Hannah Barnes will ride for the new UnitedHealthcare women's team in 2014, it was announced today.

Laws, 39, joins from Lotto-Belisol after a season affected by a horrendous crash during the Cape Argus Cycle Tour in March, while 20-year-old Barnes makes the switch from the MG-Maxifuel team after enjoying the best season of her career.

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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.