Jon Tiernan-Locke rejects ProTeam approaches and commits himself to Endura Racing for 2012
Back-to-back wins in Tour Méditerranéen and Tour du Haut Var lead to interest from some of cycling's biggest teams
Jon Tiernan-Locke, whose back-to-back wins this month in the Tour Méditerranéen and the Tour du Haut Var have brought him to the attention of some of the biggest teams in pro cycling, has pledged himself to his Endura Racing team for the 2012 season.
The 27-year-old from Devon joined the Scotland-based UCI Professional Continental outfit from Rapha Condor Sharp following a 2011 season in which he won the mountains classification at the Tour of Britain.
However, despite his exploits in the two French races earlier this month attracting approaches from top-flight UCI WorldTour teams, he insists he is staying where he is this year and see out his 12-month contract.
“I have had concrete offers to sign for ProTour teams now, and to ride at that level is, and always has been, my dream,” he told This Is South Devon.
“But this is my first year with Endura, they have been looking after me and they have taken some steps to make sure I stay with the team.
“Their race programme is a really good one, and I’m grateful to Endura for this opportunity this year.
“Hopefully, if I can keep the results coming, it will be enough to sustain the interest of bigger teams.”
In some quarters, eyebrows might be raised at a cyclist aged in his late twenties bursting onto the scene in the way the Endura Racing rider has done.
However, Tiernan-Locke’s comparatively late flowering is explained by the fact that his career was put on hold for three years as he battled against a virus, and cycling also took a back seat as he completed his degree at Bristol University.