Hammond, Lancaster and Fleeman Move to Cervelo TestTeam
Cervelo TestTeam signs riders to support Carlos Sastre and enable success riding in the Spring Classics.
Earlier today Cervélo TestTeam confirmed that it has signed Roger Hammond and Dan Fleeman of Great Britain and Brett Lancaster of Australia
Roger Hammond was born in Oxford. While still in school, he won the 1992 World Junior Cyclo-Cross Championship in Leeds, but decided to concentrate on his university studies at that point, rather than pursue a full-time cycling career. In 2003 and 2004 he swept both the United Kingdom Cyclo-Cross and Road Championships. In 2006 he captured another United Kingdom Cyclo-Cross championship as well as a second place finish in the Road Championships. This past year saw Hammond once again win the United Kingdom Cyclo-Cross championship.
In his first outing for Team GB at the 2004 Olympics in Athens he finished seventh in the Road Race. He also participated for Team GB at the 2008 Beijing Games. Hammond’s specialty is the one-day spring classics, borne out by his third place finish at the 2004 Paris-Roubaix. In 2005 and 2006 he rode for the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team. This past season he rode for Team Columbia.
Dan Fleeman from Yoxall won his first major race in 2004 when he came first in the British National Road Race Championships Espoir (under 23). Fleeman will now join Cervelo TestTeam following his impressive victory in August at the 2008 Tour des Pyrennes where he rode for the An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team.
Fleeman also made a strong showing in both this year’s Tour of Ireland and in his Top Ten finish (just 25 seconds down) in the Tour of Britain. A climber, Fleeman is excited to know he will be riding alongside Carlos Sastre. "To go into 2009 as a member of the Cervélo Test Team is a dream come true. I have always thought I was capable of riding at this level and to think I have the opportunity to work alongside someone like Carlos Sastre is incredible.”
Brett Lancaster, born in Shepparton, Victoria, started racing at the age of fourteen. In his early career, Brett won a number of U17 and U19 team pursuit, individual pursuit and time trial titles. He spent four years riding for Ceramica Panaria-Navigare before moving to Team Milram in July 2006. His greatest success to date is his first place finish in the 2005 Giro d'Italia Prologue where he set the record for the shortest prologue in the eighty-eight year history of the event with a time of 1 minute, 20 seconds for the 1150m race against the clock. He won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens as a member of the team pursuit (with Graeme Brown, Bradley McGee, and Luke Roberts) in the world record-breaking time of 3:56.610. Brett Lancaster was also awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the 2005 Australia Day Honors List.