Ross Edgar moves to road racing after signing for IG Sigma Sport
Last Updated: 21/12/12 5:41pm
Ross Edgar: Moving to road racing
Olympic silver medal-winning track cyclist Ross Edgar will turn his attention to road racing in 2013 after signing for IG Sigma Sport.
The 29-year-old, who came second in the men's keirin in Beijing in 2008, joins the UCI Continental Tour team from Sky Track Cycling and has set his sights on impressing at the 2013 Tour of Britain.
The Scot has changed disciplines in order to fulfil a long-held ambition to test his skills on the road.
He said: "Road riding was one element of my training which I particularly enjoyed and I have always thought I could make the transition into road racing.
"My goals are the Tour Series in the summer, followed by the Tour of Britain. I look forward to the new challenge and more opportunities to get a race number on my back."
Edgar enjoyed a successful career on the track, clinching seven major medals.
As well as his Olympic success, he won two silvers and one bronze in the world championship team sprint, bronze in the world championship keirin, gold in the Commonwealth Games team sprint and silver in the Commonwealth individual sprint.
"I have been a member of the British Cycling team track sprint squad for the past 12 years and I have loved the success and opportunities that have come along with it," Edgar added.
"I would like to thank the GB coaches for their support, in particular [British Cycling performance manager] Shane Sutton, who continues to be a source of good advice and support."
Edgar revealed that he has been receiving advice from Theo Bos, the Dutch rider who made the same transition to the road four years ago after winning a hatful of Olympic and world championship medals on the track.
"He has given me some helpful advice," Edgar said. "His belief in my ability to make the transition, and seeing his successful transfer, has given me great confidence and I am looking forward starting to my new career on the road."
Edgar will ride at the next round of the Revolution series next month, before taking part in the IG London Nocturne on January 20.
He will continue to train on track with the British squad.