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Edgar ready to hit the road

Ross Edgar will take to the road in 2013 after 12 years as a member of the Great Britain track team after signing for IG Sigma Sport.

The 29-year-old won Olympic silver behind fellow Scot Sir Chris Hoy in the keirin at Beijing in 2008, but missed out on selection for London 2012.

He said on his new team's official website: "I've been a member of the GB cycling team track sprint squad for the past 12 years and I've loved the success and opportunities that have come along with it, the highlight being winning an Olympic silver medal in Beijing.

"Road riding was one element of my training, which I particularly enjoyed and I've always thought I could make the transition into road racing.

"I am very excited about signing with IG Sigma Sport. I enjoyed meeting the team and look forward to racing with them in 2013.

"My goals are the Tour Series in the summer followed by the Tour of Britain. I look forward to the new challenge, more opportunities to get a race number on my back and also making a right hand turn at race speeds."

Dutch sprinter Theo Bos made a similar transfer and has offered advice, while British Cycling performance manager Shane Sutton has also helped Edgar make the transition.

Sutton said: "Ross will continue to train on the track with the GB squad. The opportunity to ride with IG Sigma Sport next year marks an exciting new stage in his career and I wish him good luck with it."