Tim Elverson has unveiled five new signings as he prepares for battle with Canyon Eisberg in 2018.
Team GB track star Andy Tennant heads the quintet, which includes Charlie Tanfield, Alex Paton, Louis Rose-Davies and Charles Page.
Elverson has also retained the services of Joe Fry, Dexter Gardias, James Lowsley-Williams, Matt Nowell, Chris Opie, Jack Pullar, Max Stedman, Harry Tanfield and Rory Townsend.
The UCI Continental outfit, who raced as BIKE Channel Canyon last season, will take the road with a squad of 14 and an average age of just 23.5.
That statistic is half-a-year lower than last term as Elverson continues to put his faith in young talent. The sports director said:
“We have five new riders for 2018 and we have retained all our solid performers from last season, which I am very pleased about.
“Combine those 14 with the same strong backroom staff and I expect us to make further progress this year.”
Tennant, who celebrated the team pursuit world title in 2012 and is a six-time European champion in the velodrome, arrives from Team Wiggins. Elverson said:
“Andy was an interesting one for me. I have admired his riding from afar for some time and he is someone I’ve always kept one eye on tactically.
“We had a chat and I felt straight away we would work well together. There are still many road goals he wants to achieve.
“Add to that the experience he brings to my young squad and he became someone I was very keen to sign.”
Former Brother NRG rider Tanfield joins his older sibling, Harry, on the team having made huge waves on the track for Team KGF.
Second fastest on the all-time list for British individual pursuiters, he rode as a stagiaire for the team at the back end of last season. Elverson added:
“Charlie rode a number of UCI races with us. He fitted in really well and showed me there is plenty more to come, so I quickly signed him up.
“His recent track performances have highlighted what I already thought and I am very excited for 2018.”
Paton, a former national junior cyclocross champion, worked with Elverson at Pedal Heaven but spent last season with Madison Genesis. Elverson said:
“I’ve worked closely with Alex before and have had good success with him. He left me to go to Madison with my blessing.
“They are a great team and it presented a good opportunity for him. But I worked hard to get him back and look forward to getting him rolling this season.”
Rose-Davies, who beat Tom Pidcock to the junior national road race crown in 2017, and fellow first-year professional Page complete the new additions.
Their arrivals were announced back in June with Elverson underlining his commitment to develop bright young riders. The sports director added:
“I want to keep that core of six under-23s within our squad. Louis and Charles are both exciting prospects and I have no doubt they will fit in well with us.”
Click here to check out the full 2018 line-up. We spoke to Louis and Charles back in the summer. In case you missed it, read Louis’ “Relief on proving his worth” and Charles’ “Agony to ecstasy”.