Sky's the limit as British cycling trio join women's Honda team hoping to emulate men
20:10 GMT, 5 November 2012
Olympic champions Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott and Dani King will be part of an elite road cycling team who will try to match the achievements of Team Sky in the men’s sport.
The trio, who won the team pursuit at London 2012, are joining Honda’s Dream Team Professional Cycling and will race against the top riders in 2013. The team will be led by Italy’s double world champion Giorgia Bronzini.
Meanwhile, Britain's former world champion and Olympic medalist Emma Pooley has joined Swiss team Bigla Cycling for the 2013 season.
Wheely bright future: Laura Trott, Danielle King and Joanna Rowsell will be part of Honda's Dream Team Professional Cycling
Pooley won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was the 2010 time-trial world champion, while at this summer's London Olympics she helped Great Britain team-mate Lizzie Armitstead to silver in the road race.
With her former team AA Drink-leontien.nl set to disband at the end of the season due to a lack of financial backing, Pooley had contemplated taking an extended break from the sport to focus to finishing her PhD in geotechnical engineering.
However, the 30-year-old is now relishing the chance to link up with Bigla as well as continuing with her studies over the winter.
She told British Cycling: 'I'm looking forward to this new challenge and I'll do my best to help the young riders on the Bigla team to make the step up.
'I've raced against a lot of them in local races in Switzerland and I can see how talented they are. We will be a force to be reckoned with in 2013.'