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Northern Irish cyclists sign for Bradley Wiggins' team for 2018

Banbridge CC cyclists Mark Downey and Matthew Teggart will race for Team Wiggins in 2018.

Downey hit the headlines by winning three gold UCI World Cup medals and hitting the world number one spot in the points race. Former Banbridge clubmate Teggart, meanwhile, won a stage of the 2017 Rás, Ireland's biggest cycling event.

“I’m proud that Team Wiggins is now known as a top development team for young talent from the UK and abroad,” said team owner Bradley Wiggins.

“Team Wiggins has exceeded all expectations to date, and the 2018 crop of under 23 riders looks as exciting as ever.

“We had our first team get together with physiological testing last week in Liverpool where it was great to meet the team and talk through the 2018 plans.

“This is the next generation of cycling heroes, and I hope Team Wiggins will inspire more and more people to ride bikes.”

Wiggins recently made his debut in competitive rowing, finishing 21st in the men’s open two kilometres at the British Indoor Rowing Championships.

"I’m going to see how far I can take it, maybe a sixth Olympic gold?" he was earlier quoted as saying in the Daily Mail, referring to his rowing interest.

Team Wiggins 2018 riders

Gabriel Cullaigh, GB

Reece Wood, GB

Joey Walker, GB

Nathan Draper, GB

Oliver Robinson, GB

Jacques Sauvagnargues, GB

Dylan Robson, GB

Etienne Georgi, GB

Tom Pidcock, GB

Rob Scott, GB

Jesse Yates, GB

Mark Donovan, GB

Mark Downey, IRL

Matthew Teggart, IRL

Michael O’Loughlin, IRL

Corentin Navarro, FRA

James Fouche, NZL

Campbell Stewart, NZL

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