Four British riders will stay with Endura Racing next season as it merges with the German NetApp team, it was announced today.

Russell Downing, Jonny McEvoy, Erick Rowsell and Scott Thwaites were among the eight riders who will be retained to help form the ProContinental-ranked Team NetApp-Endura.

Also staying on are Alexander Wetterhall, Iker Camano, former HTC-Highroad stagiaire Zak Dempster and German Paul Voss.

The confirmation of those riders who will join up with the nine currently riding for NetApp did not bring any surprises, particularly since their identity had been revealed online when the merger was announced.

Downing has two years’ experience riding at the top level with Team Sky, while Voss, Camano and Wetterhall have also previously ridden with ProTour squads.

Leopold König is the most recognisable of the retained NetApp riders – the German beat current Endura rider Jon Tiernan-Locke to the line to win the Tour of Britain stage in Caerphilly last Friday.





König climbs in Caerphilly

At least three more riders are expected to sign for the team, with reports linking Rapha-Condor’s Richard Handley with a move to the Pro-Continental squad.

Where today’s announcement leaves Ian Bibby, Ian Wilkinson and Rob Partridge – the three British riders whose services are no longer required by Endura – remains to be seen.

Team NetApp-Endura 2013: Confirmed riders

Jan Barta (27, Cze)

Cesare Benedetti (25, Ita)

Iker Camano (33, Spa)

Zak Dempster (24, Aus)

Russell Downing (34, GBr)


Markus Eichler (30, Ger)

Bartosz Huzarski (31, Pol)

Blaz Jarc (24, Slo)

Leopold König (24, Cze)

Jonny McEvoy (23, GBr)

Erick Rowsell (22, GBr)


Andreas Schillinger (29, Ger)

Daniel Schorn (23, Aut)

Michael Schwarzmann (21, Ger)

Scott Thwaites (22, GBr)

Paul Voss (26, Ger)

Alexander Wetterhall (26, Swe)

NB – riders in italic currently ride for Endura Racing

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  • Davey Gravy

    You could have listed the riders by the number and size of pets that they have at home.

  • Ken Evans

    “NB – riders in italic currently ride for Endura Racing”

    The riders could also have been listed by age,
    (rather than ABC).

  • Mark Jones

    Also, I hope Julian Winn and Alex Sans Vega are being kept on as they have brought about all this success. Hopefully we will hear more soon.

  • Mark Jones

    Very disappointed not to see Ian Bibby being kept on as he has worked hard for the team this season especially in the Tour of Britain and has showed well at the previous three editions of the race. He could have done better still if the team’s main objective mid-season wasn’t the Tour Series.

    Though a team with 4+ GB riders at Pro Conti level has to be a good thing and will provide more opportunities for our domestic teams.