1 November 2018Ed Clancy to continue road career at Vitus Pro Cycling
Multiple Olympic gold medalist Ed Clancy has kept his road cycling career going by signing for Vitus Pro Cycling following the closure of current team, JLT-Condor.
Clancy had spent eight seasons with the JLT-Condor team, in its various guises, but was forced to look elsewhere after it was announced that the team would not continue into 2019 due to financing issues.
With that, the track specialist found his new home at Vitus Pro Cycling, one of the few remaining British-registered Continental teams.
Clancy will ride the regular road season with the team but also be allowed to continue competing on the track as he gears up for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and his aim of a fourth Olympic gold medal.
Clancy has been a key component of the British Cycling track team for over a decade taking three consecutive team pursuit Olympic titles as well as bronze in the omnium at London 2012.
Beyond the track, Clancy has also proven his worth as one of the best domestic professionals in the UK, clinching multiple rounds of the Tour Series as well as taking the opening prologue of the Herald Sun Tour back in January.
This makes for somewhat of a coup for Vitus Pro Cycling who will bolster their roster, which includes former national hill climb champion, Adam Kenway. Last season, the team not only rode the UK domestic calendar but also earned an invite to the Tour de Yorkshire.
Clancy will likely become the lead rider for Vitus across the Tour Series while using this to prepare for Tokyo, as the rider himself claims.
'With less than two years to go until Tokyo 2020, I’ll be working hard on getting myself in the best possible position to be selected for the Great Britain team,' said Clancy.
'Riding on the road with Vitus Pro Cycling Team will complement my track work in preparation for what I hope will be selection for a fourth Olympic Games.'
Vitus Pro Cycling team owner and manager, Cherie Pridham, also commented on the signature and the wealth of experience he could bring to the team.
'Ed’s achievements as a bike rider speak for themselves. You don’t win three Olympic gold medals and six rainbow jerseys by chance. He is a world-class athlete, and a significant addition to our roster,' Pridham said.
'We know too that Ed’s value to the team extends far beyond his unquestioned ability to win races. It’s hard to imagine a more inspiring figure for our younger riders: highly successful, but friendly, approachable and entirely down-to-earth.
'His career exemplifies the value to a professional cyclist of hard work and a level head. Gold medals haven’t changed Ed. He’s a model professional, able to lead by example, and will be a vital asset to the team next year, both on the bike and off.'