Overview of how the domestic road race teams are shaping up for 2020.
This is a ‘live’ post that will be updated as team news emerges. You can also read our full transfer log here.
Latest update: 13 December 2019
With both the Madison Genesis and Team Wiggins Le Col teams closing at the end of 2019 it seems certain there will be fewer British Continental teams in 2020. Which teams can we expect to see at the Continental level next year? Here’s what we know so far…
The most successful domestic team of 2019 will be back again with a new title sponsor, Soreen. In 2020 they will be boosted by five impressive new signings: experienced Belgian (and three-time Druivenkoers – Overijse winner) Jerôme Baugnies, former Team Sky rider Alex Peters, 2019 South Coast Classic winner Jacob Scott, sprinter Brenton Jones (a revelation for JLT Condor when he rode for them) and 2018 U23 national road race champion Robert Scott.
There are several departures, including two-time UCI race winner in 2019, Alex Richardson, and one of our U23 riders to watch, Jacob Vaughan. But they also retain key riders, including their talisman of 2019, Rory Townsend, Lincoln Grand Prix winner Tom Stewart and crit king Matt Bostock.
In: Jerôme Baugnies (Wanty – Groupe Gobert), Brenton Jones (Delko-Marseille Provence), Alex Peters (Independent), Jacob Scott (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling), Robert Scott (Team Wiggins Le Col)
Extended: Matt Bostock, Ryan Christensen, Alex Colman, Jacob Hennessy, Callum MacLeod, Alex Paton, Dan Pearson, Max Stedman, Tom Stewart, Charlie Tanfield, Andrew Tennant, Rory Townsend, Oliver Wood
Departures: Stijn de Bock (Tarteletto-Isorex), Robert-Jon McCarthy (Retired), Charles Page (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling), Alexander Richardson (Corendon), Louis Rose-Davies (Holdsworth-Zappi), Gosse Van der Meer (tbc), Jacob Vaughan (Indulek-Doltcini-Derito)
Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling has now fully announced its 2020 team. Strengthened by the addition of co-sponsor Weldtite, the team retains the core of its 2019 members, supplemented with some young blood, as well as the wily veteran Steve Lampier. After a limited number of UCI race days in 2019, we hear the team plan to race on the continent more often in 2020.
New arrivals include three talented first-year seniors: George Mills-Keeling (2nd overall in the 2019 Junior Tour of Wales), Irish junior time trial champion Kevin McCambridge and homegrown talent Joe Wilson. 23-year-old Olly Moors also joins after three years honing his racecraft out in Belgium. 20-year-old Charles Page also joins the team, from domestic rivals Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes, having picked up three UCI race podiums in 2019. Perhaps their biggest coup of all, however, the signing of domestic racing legend Steve Lampier from Saint Piran.
In: Steve Lampier (Saint Piran), Kevin McCambridge (Vitus – Chill.IE NRPT), Charles Page (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes), George Mills-Keeling (Cycle Club Bridgnorth), Olly Moors (VDM Van Durme-Michiels-Trawobo), Joe Wilson (Ribble Pro Cycling U19).
Extended: John Archibald, Scott Auld, Dan Bigham, William Brown, Damien Clayton, Richard Jones, Zeb Kyffin, Gruff Lewis, Jack Rees, Mark Stewart, Jacob Tipper, Simon Wilson
Departures: Alex Dalton, Jake Gray, Alex Luhrs, Chris Sherriffs
SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
So far we know that at least five riders will depart, including Shaw and Scott. And five riders will continue, with Tristan Robbins and Pete Williams amongst them. Six exciting new signings will join them. Will Harper and Tour de Bretagne stage winner Owen James add experience and racing knowhow. Whilst Alex Braybrooke, Tim James, Charlie Meredith and Darragh O’Mahoney are all young talents with a lot of promise.
In: Alexander Braybrooke (AVC Aix-en-Provence), Will Harper (Saint Piran), Owen James (Côtes d’Armor-Marie Morin-Véranda Rideau), Tim James (Holdsworth Zappi), Charlie Meredith (CC Etupes), Darragh O’Mahoney (EvoPro Racing)
Extended: William Bjergfelt, Ben Hardy, Tristan Robbins, Andrew Turner, Pete Williams
Departures: Stephen Bradbury (Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK), Jordan Reed (Holdsworth-Zappi), Jacob Scott (Canyon dhb p/b Soreen), James Shaw (Riwal Readynez), Julian Varley (Cycling Sheffield)
Unknown: Ross Lamb, Ed Laverack, George Wood
The longest-running Continental team in the UK (Cherie Pridham Racing) will begin its 8th year in 2020.
The team will keep a core of 2019 riders, together with some shrewd new signings including national circuit race champion Joey Walker and Joe Nally from the Great Britain Cycling Team Senior Academy. They
In: Stephen Bradbury (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling), Tom Mazzone (Spirit Tifosi), Darnell Moore (Caldwell Cycles), Joe Nally (Great Britain Cycling Team Senior Academy), Joey Walker (Madison Genesis)
Extended: Adam Kenway, Chris Latham, Chris McGinchley, Michael Mottram, Frederik Scheske
Departures: Graham Briggs (?), Joe Holt (Wales Racing Academy), Ali Slater (?), Scott Thwaites (Corendon), Red Walters (Nopinz Symec)
Unknown: Ed Clancy, Dylan Kerfoot-Robson, Timothy Torrie
Elite and national teams
Great Britain Cycling Team Senior Academy
The ‘seventh team‘ – effectively the British Cycling U23 men’s squad – has a 7 rider team in 2019-20. Four juniors step up from Junior Academy, including Sam Watson. Meanwhile, three existing members stay on, including our Tour of Britain diarist Ethan Vernon.
Four riders leave the team. Fred Wright steps up to the World Tour with Bahrain Merida, Jim Brown moves to top-level French elite team CC Etupes (Adam Yates’ former team), Matt Walls will step up to the Podium Programme with Tokyo in his sights (and may also join a pro team, so *watch this space*), whilst Joe Nally joins Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK.
In: Zach Bridges (Team HUUB), Alfie George (Discovery Junior Cycling Club), Max Rushby (HMT Hospitals Giant Cycling Team), Sam Watson (Fenshaw Howes -MAS Design)
Extended: Rhys Britton, William Tidball, Ethan Vernon
Departures: Jim Brown (CC Etupes), Joe Nally (Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK), Matt Walls (?), Fred Wright (Bahrain Merida)
In: Christian Bahr (Team OK Kvickly Odder), Paul Double (Team Colpack), Oliver Knudsen (Team OK Kvickly Odder), Connor Lambert (Mysenlan-Baboco-Douterloigne), Tom Martin (Wheelbase CabTech Castelli), Mitchell McLaughlin (Four Masters CC), Jordan Reed (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling), Louis Rose-Davies (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes), George Smith (Nopinz Latchem), Alex Williams (Independent)
Extended: Charlie Beake, Marcus Burnett, Tom Cornwell, Tom Couzens, Mason Hollyman, Calum Johnston, Nic McKibben, Karl Tronstad, Reece Wood, Paul Wright
Departures: Tim James (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling), George Kimber (Spirit Tifosi BSS 2INpower), Charlie Quarterman (Trek-Segafredo), Fergus Robinson (Eiser-Hirumet), Jason Saltzman (CT Sport.Land. Niederösterreich Selle SMP – ST Rich Bikewear)
Unknown: Conor Chandler, Daniel Ekløf,
The team seriously considered stepping up to Continental level in 2020, spurred on by the opportunity to ride in the Tour of Britain, which starts in Cornwall next season. After much thought, however, they have decided to remain at elite level for the coming season at least.
The team will retain a core of their 2019 squad, including Cameron Jeffers and Joe Evans. A big new signing is Cornish sprinter Chris Opie. Opie, who has ridden for Team UK Youth, Rapha Condor, One Pro Cycling and Canyon Eisberg, returns to racing after a year out working for GCN. But the team also lose Steve Lampier, their star rider – and manager – to Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling.
In: Tristan Davies, Chris Opie, Jenson Young (HMT Hospitals Giant)
Extended: Joe Evans, Ross Holland, Cameron Jeffers, Ollie Maxwell, Alex Platt
Departures: Jake Alderman, William Harper (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling), Steve Lampier (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling)
Unknown: Ollie Blagden, Joe Healey, Matt Nowell, Alfie Peters,
Trinity Sports Management will run a compact elite-level development team in 2020 – effectively replacing Team Wiggins Le Col – under the same ‘TRINITY Racing’ moniker as Tom Pidcock’s new cyclocross team. Pidcock will head the team up, which will also include Tour de L’Avenir stage winner Ben Healy. The team will ride Specialized bikes and wear MAAP clothing, just like the cyclocross team. Read more here.
In: Tom Pidcock, Ben Healy
Extended: Alistair Thomas
Unknown: Jonathan Bridge, Jonathan Fowles, Tarn Fynn, Matt Hallam, Ben Harrison, Elliot Harrison, Oliver Huszar, Tom Lowe, Adam MacRae, Ryan Manders, Matt Warhurst, Jake Womersley
Dave Coulson’s Sheffield-based team continues with its six-rider formula for 2020. Four new riders join the team, including former Ras stage winner Julian Varley (from SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling). One of the breakthrough elite riders of 2019, Kieran Savage, continues with the team.
In: Matthew Dobbing (TBW23 Stuart Hall Gett Taxi), Nathan Smith (Wold Top The Edge RT), Matthew Taylor (Prologue Racing Team), Julian Varley (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling)
Extended: Joe Clark, Kieran Savage
Departures: Tom Knight (Unknown), Daniel Pullen (L’ASPTT Nancy), Charlie Renshaw (Unknown), Louis Szymanski (Unknown)
Nopinz Symec may have lost their talisman Marcin Bialoblocki to retirement, and George Smith to Holdsworth-Zappi, but the team will start 2020 with increased sponsorship and a more ambitious programme. The squad will feature eight new riders, including Red Walters from Vitus Pro Cycling. The team plan to compete in the National Circuit Series, Tour Series and National Road Series.
In: Elliot Barratt (Holdsworth Zappi), Matthew Downie (TAAP Cervelo), Harry Johnson (VC Raphael), Dávid Kovács (Meudon Pedal Heaven Le Col), James Phillips (Bikestrong KTM), Red Walters (Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK), Matt Webster (TAAP Cervelo), Matt Witts (Bikestrong KTM)
Extended: Lee Frost, Nathan Hallett, Adrian Lawson, Dan McQuillam, Tom Nancarrow, Luke Nolan
Departures: Marcin Białobłocki (Retired), Gary Chambers, Shaun Cook (unknown), George Fowler (unknown), Chris Rothwell (unknown), George Smith (Holdsworth-Zappi)
Departures: Lewis Bulley (Indulek-Doltcini-Derito)
Unknown: Simon Alexander, Matt Clements, Pete Cocker, Tobias Dahlhaus, Rhys Howells, James Jenkins, Theo Modell, Isaac Mundy, Josh Outram, Stephen Parsonage, Tommy Power, Luke Ryan, Joe Sutton
Russell Rowles’ team will consist of 12 riders, including 5 new signings, in 2020. In Rowles’ own words, “It’s a mixture of retained riders who have been blooded at the sharp end of the level we aspire to. On top of that, we have gone for youth.” Click here to read our full feature on the new Spirit Tifosi BSS Rotor squad.
In: Joe Baker, Farley Barber, David Bolland, Angus Hawkins, George Kimber
Extended: Frazier Carr, George Clark, Rupert Graham, Jack Hales, Charlie Passfield, Jordan Peacock, Charles Walker
Departures: Leon Mazzone, Tom Mazzone (Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK), Chris Dredge, Ollie Hennessy
In: Jacques Coates (Team OnForm), James McKay (ASPTT Nancy), Charlie Shields (SixtySix RSN), Chris Walkinshaw (University of Manchester CC)
Extended: James Bentley, James Chapman, Siôn Harlow, Josh Housley, Toby Jarvis, Matt King
Departures: James Hill, Brad Symonds
Wales Racing Academy
In: Samuel Beckett (Cardiff JIF), Joe Holt (Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother), Owain Roberts (Backstedt Cycling)
Extended: Peter Kibble, Josh Price
Departures: James Tillett (VC Toucy-Elite Restauration)
Unknown: Joseph Beckingsale, Matthew Burke, Daniel Coombe, Oscar Mingay, Joseph Rees, William Roberts, Samuel Tillett
Wheelbase CabTech Castelli
Unknown: Ben Barlow, Matt Clarke, Matt Clarke, James Coats, Finn Crockett, Ben Granger, Harry Hardcastle, David Lines, Fraser Martin, Tom Martin, Stuart Reid, Joe Reilly, Finn Robertson, Will Turner, Jack Warren
Featured image: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com. 14/04/2019 – British Cycling – HSBC UK Men’s National Road Series – East Cleveland Klondike GP