Second new team for Hammond

As well as signing a deal with Lance Armstrong's Discovery Channel team, Britain's Roger Hammond has

As well as signing a deal with Lance Armstrong's Discovery Channel team, Britain's Roger Hammond has
British road race champion Roger Hammond has two new teams for next year - Lance Armstrong's Discovery Channel squad and the Wolverhampton Wheelers. The 30-year-old rider was given honorary membership of the British club at an awards dinner earlier this month. Hammond said the Wheelers were playing an important role in trying to encourage more people to take up cycling. "The honorary award was a lovely gesture," said Hammond, who finished third in this year's Paris-Roubaix. "The Wheelers are working hard to promote cycling and encourage youngsters into the sport. It's nice to be associated with a club like that. I don't think we do enough in this country to promote sport amongst young people. I was introduced to cycling through a club and without them I don't think I would ever have taken up a career in cycling. "I have always felt very close to Wolverhampton Wheelers. They were the first club to invite me to speak at a club dinner and Wolverhampton was the base for the national cyclo-cross team when I was racing as a junior." The former world junior cyclo-cross champion did a question and answer session with Wheelers' chairman Robin Kyte and later posed for photos with club members and signed autographs. The morning after he went for a training ride with club members. Speaking at the awards night Hammond said: "I enjoy nights like this, they remind you of what cycling is all about. From the outside professional cycling looks wonderful, but it's all of the nasty things in cycling thrown at you all at once. We fly in, then race, eat, sleep and go home. You don't get the social side of cycling so it's nice to be in a room full of people so enthusiastic about the sport." Hammond said he was looking forward to next season, but recognised that being with the world's top team would add more expectation and pressure. "Next year is going to be an amazing experience. It's going to be like going from Reading football club to AC Milan. This year's third place in Paris-Roubaix was fantastic for me and my team. Next year with Lance's team that would probably be seen as an average result." Hammond is now in America spending his first training sesssion with Armstrong and the rest of his new Discovery Channel team-mates.
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