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Matteo Cigala and Morgan Fox in move to Continental team

Posted on: June 11th, 2018

Matteo Cigala Morgan Fox Holdsworth Pro Cycling

Matteo Cigala winning in Italy in 2011. He went the international route before stepping back from cycling and moving to Ireland. He’s been racing with great success in recent years. Now he steps up again; taking a place with Holdsworth Pro Cycling. And Morgan Fox is joining as a directeur.

 

Matteo Cigala & Morgan Fox to Holdsworth Pro Cycling

 

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Irish cycling’s adopted Italian, Matteo Cigala’s excellent results over the last couple of seasons have been rewarded with a Continental contract.

The former Italian U23 and junior international is set to ride for Holdsworth Pro Cycling for the remainder of the season.

A UK-based team, the squad has a contingent of Irish riders Cigala will know well. Damien Shaw, Sean McKenna and Conn McDunphy are all currently on the roster.

Cigala had been riding for the Viner-Caremark-Pactimo Irish domestic team. However, he rode his last race for the squad on Sunday.

 

Matteo Cigala Morgan Fox Holdsworth Pro Cycling

Cigala riding for Italy; he competed for his country to World Championships level.

Matteo Cigala Morgan Fox Holdsworth Pro Cycling

Morgan Fox; a Tonissteiner rider back in 2000.

 

Cigala is now officially a Holdsworth Pro Cycling rider. The team is in its first year and is effectively the revival of the Holdsworth team in the UK in the late 1970s.

Holdsworth Pro Cycling did well to secure an invite to the recent Tour de Yorkshire. And McKenna last month won a stage of the Rás Tailteann. Shaw finished 4th overall.

Stickybottle understands Cigala is not the only personnel move from the Irish scene into the team.

Morgan Fox, who has been a mentor to Cigala at Viner-Caremark-Pactimo, is joining as a directeur.

Fox is a former professional rider who claimed the national elite road race title in his day.

He will manage the team – which has an international roster – in foreign races where Cigala with go up against pro opposition.

Fox has a number of business interests in Ireland, including Planet X, and has supported a large number of cyclists and triathletes in recent years.

He was already involved in assisting the establishment of the Holdsworth team but will now take a much more active role.

 

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