We reported recently that Irish rider Philip Lavery was set to make a comeback in 2016 with AC Bisontine, the French club that he raced with in 2013.
However, according to a report on Be Celt today, the 25 year-old will race with the British Continental team Dynamo Cover Pro Cycling instead. The team will be based in Brittany.
He will link up with two other Irish riders at the team, Sean Downey and his younger brother Mark. Lavery previously raced alongside the elder Downey on the An Post team.
Lavery came close to a top-level contract with Cofidis in 2013. Following on from a successful stint with AC Bisontine, where he notched up numerous wins including the Prix des Vallons in Schweighouse-sur-Moder, a stage of the Tour de Franche-Comté, Le Souvenir Jean Lacroix and the Tour du Charolais, in addition to finishing in second place in the National Championships, he earned a stagiaire contract with Cofidis.
During his time with the French team, he finished 15th on a stage of the Tour du Poitou Charentes (UCI 2.1) and 16th in Châteauroux Classic de l’Indre Trophée Fenioux (UCI 1.1).
He had been told that he would get a place with the team if they received a WorldTour licence, as they had hoped. However, that didn’t come to fruition and Lavery returned to Ireland.
He told Be Celt that he has the ambition of an 18 year-old and is very eager for next season.