Nearly a year after coming close to death in a scooter accident in Italy that left him in hospital in an induced coma and with horrific injuries including a fractured skull, Jonny Bellis has been named in the Team Saxo Bank squad for next month’s Tour of Britain.
The Manx rider, who returned to racing in June’s national road race championships, last rode in the race in 2008 as a stagiaire for the then Team CSC-Saxo Bank and finished 12th overall.
Joining the 21-year-old in the Team Saxo bank line-up will be Polish Time-Trial Champion Jaroslav Marycz, Jonas Aaen Jorgensen, Alex Rasmussen and Frank Høj.
Race director Mick Bennett said: “I’m delighted to welcome Team Saxo Bank back to The Tour, as they have been one of our staunchest supporters, and have enjoyed great success in the event. It is fantastic to have the world’s number two ranked team riding The Tour, a team who I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more of next year thanks to their recent signing of Tour de France champion Alberto Contador.”
Bennett continued: “I am also pleased to see Jonathan [Bellis] returning to The Tour this year, and I, and all of the organising team, wish him all the best for the race. I’m sure he will see a lot of support from the British public during The Tour.”
Two British teams that figured in the Tour Series earlier this year will be making their first appearance in the Tour of Britain, Sigma Sport-Specialized and Team Raleigh.
Fo Simon Richardson, team leader of Sigma Sport-Specialized, Stage Five from Tavistock to Glastonbury will take him on familiar roads close to his home town of Shepton Mallet.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.