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Liverpool-born Irish road race champion moves up to the ProTour

Matt Brammeier, who came through the British Academy at the same time as Mark Cavendish, is to be reunited with the Manx Missile for the 2011 season following the announcement that he is joining HTC-Columbia from An Post Sean Kelly.

Liverpool-born Brammeier rode for Wales in the 2006 Commonwealth Games before committing to representing Ireland, and in June won the Irish National Road Race Championship from AG2R-La Mondiale's Nicolas Roche.

Last weekend, the 25-year-old slipped into an early break during the World Road Race Championship between Melbourne and Geelong, spending around 200 kilometres at the front of the race, but in 2007, his career hung in the balance after he was hit by a cement mixer truck while out training

Rolf Aldag, manager at HTC-Columbia, said: "Matt has shown tremendous character coming back so strong after his very bad accident being run over by a truck and then winning the Irish National Road title this year.

"He is a real fighter with a lot of talent, good tactical skills from his track experience, and the right spirit."

"I am thrilled to be joining HTC-Columbia in 2011," enthused Brammeier. "It's the best team in the world and it's a huge honour that they have put their faith in my abilities as a rider. I like to work hard and ride hard and I'm excited that I will be able to improve and learn from the very best.

"It's been a long and tough road back from the injuries that almost ended my career two years ago but it's all been worthwhile. It's a dream come true to be given such a fabulous opportunity with HTC-Columbia."

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

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James Warrener [1082 posts] 5 years ago
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That was some ride in the worlds and he has got due reward for it.

Hope he has a season like Teejay Van Gaarderen has had this year.