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Jon Dibben signs for Madison Genesis after seven months away from road racing

Joe Robinson
16 May 2019

Rider was consider surplus to requirements by Team Sky at end of 2018

Madison Genesis have offered talented youngster Jonathan Dibben a professional cycling lifeline as he joins the Continental team with immediate effect.

The former Track World Champion found himself without a team after British WorldTour setup Team Sky decided not to extend his contract through to 2019.

With the decision coming late in the season, Dibben saw himself join a number of WorldTour riders to end 2018 without a team for the following season.

The 25-year-old then spent the first half of the season racing multiple Six Day events on the track in London, Hong Kong and Australia before signing for Madison Genesis. 

The move has come after current national champion Connor Swift left to join ProContinental team Arkea-Samsic last week.

Dibben last competed on the road at the Tour of Guangxi in October but will return to competition with immediate effect at the Tour Series

During his time, Dibben managed to secure a WorldTour victory at the 2017 Tour of California when he took the individual time-trial at Big Bear Lake however the former points World Champion was deemed surplus to requirements in 2019.

After seven months away from road cycling, Dibben spoke of his gratitude for a chance to race again. 'I’m really grateful to Roger [Hammond] for bringing me in and I’m excited to get back racing,' said Dibben.

'It’s probably the most solid team from a UK-perspective for the whole package. With Roger there and the history, it’s a good team to come into and continue to progress.'

Madison Genesis sports director Hammond also commented on the move talking of the talent Dibben could bring to the team.

'The difficult transfer market has given us the opportunity to secure Jon – a rider with WorldTour winning ability. That experience is invaluable and is something that the rest of the team can really benefit from,' said Hammond.

'We’ve had Connor [Swift] move on and that has opened up a gap for someone with that similar kind of ability to step into the team – someone who is quick at the end of races and has the ability to finish races off.'

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