Bissell Pro Cycling Team has signed South African Jay Thomson for 2011. Thomson, 24, had a successful season in the U.S. last year, winning the sprinter’s jersey at Cascade Classic and Redlands and finishing third at the Tour of Battenkill. He had planned to race for the Pegasus Sports team for 2011, before that team was unable to get a UCI license.
(Thomson’s) 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,” said team director Omer Kem.
Team rider Frank Pipp said he was thrilled to have Thomson on the team. “He is an animal on the bike and gives 110 percent 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,” Pipp said.