Feature: Canyon dhb 2019 Line Up

Tim Elverson has unveiled a 19-man squad to do battle in the colours of Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes in 2019 with 11 new riders, two from Belgium and two Lincoln GP winners

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Feature: Canyon dhb 2019 Line Up

Tim Elverson has unveiled a 19-man squad to do battle in the colours of Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes in 2019. There will be 11 new riders whilst Tim has retained the services of eight members of this year’s Canyon Eisberg line-up. Among the 11 new faces are two Belgians, as he prepares for the UCI Continental team’s third season.

New Riders
Matt Bostock,
Alex Colman,
Stijn de Bock,
Jacob Hennessy,
Rob McCarthy,
Dan Pearson,
Tom Stewart, (Lincoln GP & Tour of Normandy Winner)
Jacob Vaughan,
Ollie Wood (4th U23 Rooad Worlds 2017)
Callum Macleod
Alex Richardson (Lincoln GP Winner)

Alex Richardson winning Lincoln GP

Re-signed Riders
Andrew Tennant
Max Stedman
Charlie Tanfield
Alex Paton
Rory Townsend
Ryan Christensen
Charles Page
Louis Rose-Davies

Alex Paton winning a jersey in a very competitive Tour of Britain

Lincoln Grand Prix champion Alex Richardson returns to the team having raced in its inaugural season in 2017. Re-signing are Andrew Tennant, Max Stedman, Charlie Tanfield, Alex Paton, Rory Townsend, Ryan Christensen, Charles Page and Louis Rose-Davies.

Elverson says of the line up “I’m very pleased with the team we have signed. It’s a big squad but that is intentional as we will be running a split calendar, racing both at home and on the continent. I’ve been able to bring in some exciting young guys and some race-winning experience to enhance them. The average age is just above 23, and that continues the process of developing young talent which is very important to me.”

Will 2019 be the year Tom Stewart (Tour of Normandy winner) does enough to get a spot in Europe just as Harry Tanfield did in 2018?

Manxman Bostock has ridden for the 100% ME squad (GB Academy) for the past three seasons, while his former team-mate Hennessy arrives from Mitchelton – BikeExchange. McCarthy, Wood and Tour de Normandie champion Tom Stewart were all part of the now-defunct JLT Condor squad. Similarly, Pearson spent the past two campaigns with Aqua Blue Sport. Former national junior champion Vaughan returns to England following a season with the Lotto Soudal under-23 squad.

Colman, 20, also arrives from the Lotto Soudal under-23 squad and de Bock, 24, makes the move following two years with Cibel Cebon. Elverson’s decision to recruit two Belgian riders may come as a surprise to some but he believes they will add an extra dimension to his team, especially with an increasing European programme. He added: “We have raced a lot on the continent in the past couple of years. I like the Belgian and Dutch style of racer and that is generally how I set my team up”.

After time in Belgium, Jacob Vaughan returns to a British team

“I thought it was worth a look. I wasn’t going to go just based on CVs. I wanted to wait until I got to know people, saw them race and was happy they fit. I like the attitude of Stijn and Alex. They will really suit our programme. It is easier, in a way, to leave riders in Belgium and come back for the big British races. I still want our development riders to primarily be British because that is what it is all about – bringing on young UK talent.”

“But they need to have their eyes opened to lots of different styles, so having Belgian riders in the team will do nothing but help them.”

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Team Welcomes Six New Partners

Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes will welcome six new partners on board for the 2019 campaign. The British UCI Continental squad, which raced as Canyon Eisberg this year, will be able to call on the support of Wahoo Fitness, fizik, Stages, Precise Performance, Seitron and Walk The Line in the new season. Owner Tim Elverson has already renewed partnerships with Eisberg, Lamb & Watt, Maxxis, Hunt Bike Wheels, Roadwheel, Sidi, 3T, Saddleback, Hayden Brothers and Peaty’s.

Meanwhile, dhb and Bloor Homes have stepped up their backing to become title sponsors for the coming campaign. Wahoo will supply the riders with ELEMNT Bolt GPS computers, KICKR smart trainers and TICKR heart-rate monitors. These will be paired with Stages power meters, as used by the team in 2017. fizik saddles will finish off the Canyon Aeroad and Ultimate frames, while Sadler’s Ales are also getting behind the team with their new alcohol-free beer Walk The Line.

Precise Performance, run by Jake Yarranton, will give every bike fit the professional touch and ensure the riders are in prime position to fulfil their potential. And last but not least, Italian electronics company Seitron, who also partnered the team in 2017, have returned as financial backers with Elverson once more aiming to deliver success at home and abroad.

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