Lucy Garner, who last month won the junior women’s road race title for the second year running, is to join the women's team of Dutch outfit Argos-Shimano for the 2013 season.
The Leicestershire-born 18-year-old, who followed up her 2011 rainbow jersey success in Copenhagen by taking this year’s race in the Dutch province of Limburg, clearly has an affinity with the Netherlands – earlier this year, she won the European title in Zeeland.
Her appreciation of the country goes beyond cycling, with Garner on record as saying: "I would love to live and race in the Netherlands. Beautiful races and nice people. What more do you want?"
Argos-Shimano has also confirmed the signings of the Dutch sprinter Kirsten Wild and the German riders Charlotte Becker and Marlen Jöhrend.
The team says it has three spots left to fill on its women’s roster for next season and that it is in discussions with “ a number of riders.”
Last month, Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead, who rode this year for the AA Drink-leontien.nl squad which is folding at the end of this season, confirmed that she would be switching to another Dutch team, Dolmans-Boels.
Three other British women are currently on the AA Drink-leontien.nl roster. Emma Pooley is reportedly considering taking an extended break from cycling to focus on completing her Ph D, while neither British national champion Sharon Laws nor Lucy Martin have revealed their 2013 plans yet.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.