Vitus Pro Cycling Team is delighted to announce that triple Olympic champion Ed Clancy will join the squad in 2019.
Cherie Pridham, Vitus Pro Cycling Team’s owner and manager, said she was very pleased to have signed Clancy, describing him as a vital asset to the team. Clancy’s recruitment offers tangible evidence for the success of Vitus Pro Cycling Team’s values-based approach to professional cycling, and its commitment to sustainable development.
Clancy is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and a six-time world champion on the track, who has proven himself a formidable force on the road over countless seasons. This year, he won the prologue at the Herald Sun Tour and two rounds of the Tour Series, as well as claiming a second career victory at the London Nocturne.
“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.”
Clancy had ridden on the road for John Herety since 2011. When Herety’s squad announced in September that it would not compete next year, Clancy found another vastly experienced team manager in Pridham.
“I have been fortunate to ride for some really great teams and managers over the years. Moving to Vitus Pro Cycling Team is a really exciting opportunity for me for the road ahead. I look forward to getting together with Cherie and the boys in the New Year,” Clancy said.
Clancy will campaign on the road for Vitus Pro Cycling Team, while continuing to race on the track, in a bid to gain selection for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“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. 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.”
Clancy’s recruitment signals a smooth progression to the second year of Vitus Pro Cycling Team’s three-year strategy. The rider roster has been strengthened significantly for 2019, with Clancy the first signing to be announced of several proven winners. The full squad will be unveiled at the team’s official launch in Derby on Thursday November 22, 2018.
Vitus Pro Cycling Team has five key values at its core: Responsibility, Activity, Teamwork, Innovation and Opportunity (RATIO). While its debut campaign focussed on granting opportunity to teenagers like Junior Tour of Assen winner Liam Davies, who came of age in a series of courageous performances at this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, the scope of the team’s ambition will broaden in 2019.
Pridham was a world-class rider in an era of epic races for the women’s sport. Riding for the legendary Mapei squad, and later for GS Mazza, she started ten Grand Tours and finished eight, racing on Europe’s toughest climbs, from l’Alpe d’Huez to the Monte Zoncolan.
As a manager, her teams have won the most prestigious races on the domestic calendar and come close to winning the Tour de Normandie - a race she regards as unfinished business, and to which she hopes to return next Spring.
Pridham is looking forward to racing in 2019 with a squad equal to her own talent and experience, with continued backing from a Derby-based board of directors, chaired by Michael Kirkland.
“By signing a rider as accomplished as Ed Clancy in our second year, we’ve embarked on the next phase of our strategy for Vitus Pro Cycling Team,” said Mr Kirkland.
“We believe that the management of a cycling team demands the same level of responsibility, accountability and commercial discipline as any business, and plan to demonstrate the value of a sustainable strategy in the years ahead.”