Delight for Prior as troops finally put Pedal down

Matt Prior celebrates with the ONE Pro Cycling team following their Perfs Pedal triumph. Picture: Rob Atkins
Matt Prior celebrates with the ONE Pro Cycling team following their Perfs Pedal triumph. Picture: Rob Atkins
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Matt Prior revealed his delight as ONE Pro Cycling finally got their season under way.

There has been plenty of speculation surrounding the new British UCI-ranked team – co-founded by the England cricketer – since he announced its formation in December.

Many of the finer details, such as sponsorship and kit, remain under wraps until the official launch next Tuesday.

But in the meantime, Prior was pleased to see the riders finally get the chance to do what they do best. Race.

Sporting temporary kit supplied by Yanto Barker’s company Le Col, they delivered a dominant display to fill the first four places in the 50th Perfs Pedal.

Barker claimed glory from Chris Opie as the team’s debut season got off to a flying start.

Bigger challenges are just around the corner but, for now, Prior is just delighted to see the wheels in motion.

He said: ‘There’s probably been too much talk!

‘But it is lovely to get off and running.

‘The boys have just been itching to race.

‘They are racers and that’s what they are here to do. So it was great.

‘And obviously living quite locally, I couldn’t help but pop down to see what it was all about.

‘It was fantastic to be at the race.

‘And the weather was outstanding, which makes a huge difference.’

Prior admitted it has been difficult to keep things quiet after the past couple of months.

But he is excited ahead of next Tuesday’s grand unveiling in London.

He said: ‘We are thoroughly looking forward to finally launching.

‘Over the last couple of weeks people have been wanting to hear more about us and what we have been doing.

‘And we are very excited to tell everyone but it has got to be done right and we are looking forward to that.

‘Then we can go full steam ahead into the season.’

Sunday’s result was proof the hard graft in the team’s recent Mallorca training camp was well worthwhile.

And Prior, who joined the squad in Spain, was pleased to see a spirit building among the troops ahead of what promises to be a busy maiden campaign.

‘The camp last week was outstanding,’ added the 32-year-old.

‘I think the weather was actually better here.

‘It was absolute carnage in Mallorca!

‘But it was a great camp and the guys all seem happy and in good spirit, which is important for me.

‘That is massive. Happy sportsmen are good sportsmen, I believe.

‘When it comes to riding a bike and race tactics, that’s not my role.

‘I am not going to pretend I am anything I’m not.

‘But I have been involved with a lot of teams and I hope I can help out in that way.

‘The lads are back out in Mallorca in March.

‘It would be nice if there was a little bit of sunshine and less rain and wind this time!

‘And everybody is thoroughly looking forward to putting in some hard yards here over the next few weeks and then getting back out there as a team ahead of a busy summer.’

ONE Pro Cycling are back in action at the end of the month before returning to Spain for their second camp.

Click here for a gallery of pictures from the 50th Perfs Pedal.