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Matt Brammeier joins HTC-Columbia to set up reunion with Academy classmate Cav

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."'s founder and first editor, nowadays to be found riding a spreadsheet. Tony's journey in cycling media started in 1997 as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning - finally handing on the reins in 2021 to Jack Sexty. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes, though he'd like to own a carbon bike one day.

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James Warrener | 13 years ago

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.

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