Jonathan Bellis, the British rider who suffered a horrible crash in 2009, is hoping he can return to top speed with a move to the An Post Sean Kelly team next season.
Bellis, 23, was placed into an induced coma for four weeks in the wake of a scooter accident he suffered near his Italian base during the 2009 season. He returned to racing in late 2010, but has only raced a handful of days since his accident.
Bellis confirmed his move to the continental team, backed by cycling great Sean Kelly and based in Belgium and Ireland.
“I’m really happy to sign for the team, it’s a step in the right direction,” Bellis said. “I’m really grateful for this opportunity and I’m really looking forward to more racing. I am determined to get back to my best.”
Bellis won a bronze medal in the U-23 world championship race in 2007 and represented the UK in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
The team hopes to start its season with Qatar and Oman and nab invites to some of the bigger races across Benelux during the spring campaign.