2014 Prudential RideLondon Classic winner Blythe among the riders on the move
30 Nov 2016, 2:50 p.m.
Cycling’s winter transfer window is now all but over and the merry-go-round has seen a number of riders who have thrilled the crowds at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic sign for new teams.
2014 Classic winner Adam Blythe, who is the reigning British champion, has signed for the newly-formed UCI ProContinental team Aqua Blue Sport after his previous team, Tinkoff, was disbanded.
Aqua Blue Sport has become Ireland’s first ever UCI ProContinental team and Blythe, 26, is looking forward to more opportunities of his own at his new team.
“Signing with Aqua Blue Sport offers me a great opportunity to get the most out of myself in 2017, and to have the support to be able to do that," said Blythe, who has previously ridden in support for the likes of current world champion Peter Sagan.
“For 2017 with Aqua Blue Sport I want to get the most out of myself, and also to make sure that I make the most of the opportunities I am given.”
Blythe’s fellow Yorkshireman Ben Swift - the man he beat in a sprint to win the 2014 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic - is another man on the move.
Swift, 29, has joined the new Chinese project TJ Sport (formerly Lampre Merida) after seven seasons with Team Sky.
TJ Sport, one of 18 UCI WorldTour teams for 2017, has promised Swift more freedom to go for victories than he got at Team Sky.
Swift, who was third in in the Classic in 2015 after finishing runner-up the year before, said it was a tough decision to leave Team Sky but that it was “now or never if I want to see how good I can be”.