GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 7, 2011 – The BISSELL Pro Cycling Team announced today that it has made a late addition to its roster -- South African Jay Thomson. Thomson is a well rounded rider with strengths in time trials, stage races and sprints, and the BISSELL Team will benefit from his wealth of talent. Thompson was originally signed to another team for 2011, which was unable to secure a Pro Tour license and subsequently a Pro Continental license, giving BISSELL the opportunity to add him to the roster.
The 24 –year-old rider turned pro in 2008 and has since captured podium results at a range of international and domestic races. Most notably in 2010, Thomson captured the sprinter’s jersey at two NRC races: the Cascade Classic and Redlands Classic. In addition, he finished second overall at the Fitchburg Classic and took third place at the Tour of Battenkill.
"The BISSELL Pro Cycling Team is very excited to have signed Jay Thomson for the 2011 season,” says team director, Omer Kem. “His promising future is undeniable and his strength as a rider will unquestionably complement BISSELL’s strong and well-rounded roster this season, making him a tremendous asset as he chases the NRC overall and team titles.”
“BISSELL showed that it was such a professional team in 2010, and I’m looking forward to being a part of that experience in 2011,” said Thomson. “I hope to add dimension to the team with my riding style. After racing in America in 2010, I’m glad to be returning to the U.S. where I’ll have the opportunity to compete at the best races.”
Teammate Frank Pipp added, “We are absolutely thrilled to have Jay on board with BISSELL. He is an animal on the bike and gives 110% always. Given Jay’s relative newness to cycling, “I have a feeling what we saw last year from him is just the tip of the iceberg”.
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