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Having moved to NFTO from Garmin-Sharp, Steele Von Hoff will once again compete with a British team in 2016. The Australian rider will be part of ONE Pro Cycling’s push for Pro Continental status, and said that the setup was part of his motivation in making the move.
“After racing against ONE Pro Cycling all year I have seen how professional the team has been managed and raced with a strong team environment,” he said on Wednesday.
“I was very impressed with the ethos and core values of team and feel it aligns well with those I uphold myself. It’s a team I can’t wait to join. The atmosphere ONE Pro Cycling has created gets me excited to be racing again.”
Von Hoff won the Australian National Criterium Championships in January and then went on to take a Tour Down Under Stage win. He later picked up victory in the 1.2- ranked Rutland – Melton Classic plus the Jock Wadley Memorial Road Race.
“My goal this year has been to step back to racing in the top tier so I can show what I can do,” he said. “With ONE Pro Cycling progressing from the British domestic scene to Pro-Continental, it felt like a natural fit. Here they will get invited to some of the biggest races in the world and I’ll be able to race back at the top level. I believe that with the right support I can beat some of the fastest guys in the world.”
The team’s CEO is Matt Prior, a former England cricketer and current cycling fanatic. He knows that Von Hoff could be a very successful signing.
“Steele is a fantastic rider who has experienced success at the top level,” he said. “He is hugely motivated to get back to the top, racing and winning against the best in the world.
“He will bring a huge amount of motivation but also a level of competitiveness that will be very healthy for our group. I am very much looking forward to working with Steele and seeing just how good he can be.”
The 2016 lineup will also include riders such as Marcin Bialoblocki, who won the time trial in the Tour de Pologne and was ninth in the world time trial championships this month in Richmond.
Current 2016 team lineup:
Tom Baylis – Development Programme
Steele Von Hoff
Sam Williams – Development Programme