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After one season with the MTN-Qhubeka team, Matt Goss is aiming to recover his past momentum with the One Pro Cycling team for 2016.
The Australian and the squad confirmed the new deal on Monday, with Goss saying he is motivated by the thoughts of helping the British squad’s progression.
“I’m really excited to join One Pro Cycling,” he said. “It’s a new challenge and I want to make the most of the opportunity.”
Goss is a past winner of the Milan-San Remo Classic and also took two stages in the Giro d’Italia plus runner-up slots in the world championship road race and the Santos Tour Down Under.
He raced with the CSC, HTC-Colombia and GreenEdge teams prior to moving to MTN-Qhubeka.
Still just 28 years of age, Goss has been a professional since 2007. His momentum has slowed in recent seasons and some may question his move to a team that was racing as a Continental squad this season. However it is stepping up a level next season and he believes it will be successful.
“The team have experienced a lot of success in their first year on the road and they have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming season,” Goss stated. “It’s not often you get the chance to join a fresh new team in which everyone including riders and support staff are motivated by the same end goal.
“I hope that my knowledge and experience will play a key role in helping ONE Pro Cycling achieve the best possible results as they move to Professional Continental level racing.”
One Pro Cycling clearly feel that the rider can get things back on track in 2016. The team CEO Matt Prior said that Goss was an important signing as the team steps up to Pro Continental level.
“We believe we can support Matt in reaching his full potential and help rediscover the form he deserves recognition for,” he said.
“The breadth and depth of talent in the team continues to grow with each and every new rider that we announce. Matt brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from the top level of the sport and we know he’ll help us in the direction in which the team is moving.”
As part of its drive to grow, the team has announced ten new signings for 2016. There will be 20 riders in all next season, including Goss’ fellow Australian Steele Von Hoff, former British champion Kristian House, Danish climber John Ebsen and the strong Polish rider Marcin Bialoblocki.
The team’s sport director Matt Winston described Goss’s signing as a fantastic opportunity for the team.
He too said that he believed the move could rejuvenate his career. “We want to work closely with Matt to make sure he’s in an environment where he can return to his best and we are confident that during the 2016 season we will see that happen.”