British UCI Continental team Madison Genesis has confirmed its roster of riders for 2015. New signings include 2013 British junior TT champ Joe Evans, Tour of Britain KOM winner Mark McNally and National Junior Road Race champion Tristan Robbins.
In the two seasons since the team’s creation, Madison Genesis has produced a series of great results in quality fields, both domestically and abroad. For 2015, seven new riders will join the roster.
Team manager, Roger Hammond, said: “The 2014 racing season was a great success for the team and I feel the transfer season was a continuation of that. I am really pleased the successful core of this year's team is returning again next year, ensuring we already had a very firm foundation on which to build the team. With the variety of the new riders coming to the team, from National Junior champions through to international race winners, I couldn't have hoped for a better lineup to go into battle with next year. It’s going to be exciting!”
Here’s the team’s full line-up for the 2015 season with bios from Madison Genesis.
Matt joins the team after a strong 2014 season, during which he was one of the most consistent riders throughout the year. Matt's attacking and aggressive style of racing will make him a valuable asset for Madison Genesis in 2015.
A National Junior Time Trial Champion in 2013, Joe attracted the attention of the national team for 2014, which saw him win the Isle of Man Junior Tour as well as medalling in both the Team Pursuit and Madison at the European Championships. At just 19 years old, Joe will be one of the youngest riders in the team.
Returning for his second year with the team, Matt more than earned his place with a very solid 2014, despite several setbacks early on, including being run over the day before his first international appearance with the team. His never-say-die attitude ensured he regained full fitness and was a reliable teammate.
Liam is returning for the third year to the Madison Genesis team. The coffee obsessed climber has had a very good 2014 season, winning a stage of the UCI categorised An Post Rás in Ireland and followed that up with a very creditable 11th place in the National Road Race Championships.
Despite an illness-stricken 2014, fast finisher Tobyn was a consistent performer in criteriums in the UK, winning both the Canary Wharf stage of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series and the London Nocturne.
Martyn is a hugely versatile rider, steadily building his reputation as a world class cyclist on both the track and the road. A world scratch race title in 2013 was confirmation of his quality. That quality has also translated to the road, a former multi-national criterium champion as well as high profile UCI races make him a hugely experienced member of the team.
A member of the inaugural Madison Genesis team, Dom has been a valued member ever since. Despite an illness stricken 2014, Dom finished a very respectful sixth in the National Irish Road Race Championships. Now recovered, 2015 should see Dom back as one of the strongest riders in the UK peloton.
James had a breakthrough year in 2014 by finishing tenth in the Commonwealth Games Individual Time Trial. That made him the highest placed non-world tour rider in that event – a testament to his ability to time trial. With a power to weight ratio equivalent to the best in the world, James is an exciting prospect when the road goes up.
A former U23 European Track Champion, Mark has been forging his career on the road in Belgium for the last five years, with huge amounts of success. A versatile rider, Mark was part of a Tour Series winning team in the UK before heading off to Europe and winning the overall of La Mi-août En Bretagne. This year he also won the King of the Mountains classification at the Tour of Britain.
Mike has been the corner stone of the team this past year. Equally effective in the Tour of Britain and criteriums, the versatile New Zealander's positive outlook has seen him win at Beverly and podium in the classic Lincoln Grand Prix.
A bright young prospect for the future, Tristan won both the National Junior Road Race and Points Race this year. Despite his tender years, he recently finished a highly commendable fourth in the Points Race at the Open National Championship Points. In 2015 it will be interesting to see how far he can go on the road.
One of the most accomplished juniors of his generation, winning both the Junior National Time Trial and Road Race (2007 and 2008) Erick confirmed that promise by winning a stage of the Tour of Normandie as a professional. His tactical nous and experience makes Erick a great addition to the team.
Tom returns for his second year with Madison Genesis after a hugely successful 2014 which saw him win the Commonwealth Games Points race. The formidable Kiwi is accomplished at winning races alone and in bunch sprints and will once again bring a huge amount of firepower to the team.
After a breakthrough 2013 season, Tom firmly established himself on both the UK and international circuit with a fantastic season with Madison Genesis. He won two rounds of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, achieved a top 10 in the National Road Race Championships and capped it off with a podium spot on stage six of the Tour of Britain after a stage long breakaway with arguably two of the biggest stars of world cycling.