Madison Genesis have announced that Jon Dibben will be joining the team. The ex-Team Sky rider (2017-18) and 2016 points race world champion on the track, Dibben comes with strong pedigree.
Rising to prominence with third place at the junior Paris-Roubaix and a silver medal at the junior track world championships, Dibben balanced his years as an under-23 between road and track cycling. Part of the British Cycling Academy, he targeted appearances at the Rio 2016 Olympics. But despite becoming world champion at the 2016 track world championships in the points race, and winning a silver medal in the team pursuit, Dibben missed out on selection for the Games.
Signing with Team Sky in 2017 and turning his attention to the road full time, many hoped Dibben could become a force in the cobbled classics. However, it would be two time trials where Dibben scored victory, firstly at the Tour of California in 2017 and again in the team time trial at the Coppi e Bartali.
Victim of the well-documented tough transfer market late last year, Dibben was left to go from the World Tour to without a contract.
Dibben joins Madison Genesis mid-season in 2019 having spent the first half of the season on the track for six day races in London, Hong Kong and Australia. Having last raced on the road at the Tour of Guangxi in October, the Southampton-born rider will return to competition immediately at the Tour Series, before turning his focus to the road calendar.
Talking about his new team, Dibben had this to say: “I’m really grateful to Roger for bringing me in and I’m excited to get back racing. It’s probably the most solid team from a UK-perspective for the whole package. With Roger there and the history, it’s a good team to come into and continue to progress.”
Team manager Roger Hammond spoke of the opportunities Dibben will bring to the team.
“The difficult transfer market has given us the opportunity to secure Jon – a rider with World Tour winning ability. That experience is invaluable and is something that the rest of the team can really benefit from.”