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Ian Stannard returns to professional cycling

Joe Robinson
4 Feb 2021

33-year-old signs as directeur sportif for Trinty Racing after retiring from racing in 2020

Ian Stannard has returned to professional cycling by taking on the role of directeur sportif at Continental team, Trinty Racing.

The 33-year-old was forced into premature retirement from professional racing in 2020 due to an ongoing battle with rheumatoid arthritis. Clearly keen to remain within the sport, however, Stannard will now take on a role in the team car of the British-registered Trinty Racing, who will be making the step up to Continental level for 2021.

'I have been very impressed with the progression of Trinity Racing since the team’s inception in 2018. They have quickly become one of the leading development teams in Europe and I look forward to starting my new role for the coming season,' Stannard said on the announcement.

'Obviously, the road is what I know best, and we have an impressive roster of riders, Ben (Healy) and Thomas (Gloag) to name a couple, who we are confident can build on the success they showed last year in some of the biggest U23 races in the world.

'My goal is to use my experience and knowledge to help our young talent to become better riders and hopefully allow them to achieve results wherever they want to achieve them; be it on the road, on the trails or on gravel tracks around the world.'

The experience Stannard hopes to impart on the young squad was acquired through a career which saw him guide teammates to Tour de France glory on three occasions and also become one of Britain's most decorated Classics riders of all-time.

During his career, the Essexman won back-to-back Omloop Het Nieuwsblad titles in 2014 and 2015 while also finishing third at Paris-Roubaix in 2016, the joint best finish at the race by a British rider.

The team Stannard will be taking charge of, Trinty Racing, will be entering its fourth season in 2021 and looking to build upon its immensely successful 2020.

Last year, the team took home the overall title and three stages at the Giro Cicilistico Italia – better known as the Baby Giro d'Italia – all thanks to start rider Tom Pidcock. 

Pidcock has since departed the team, going pro at WorldTour team Ineos Grenadiers.

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