Road To 2012: David Fletcher signs for Orange Monkey-Cannondale
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British Cycling's Olympic Podium Programme athlete David Fletcher has signed a two year contract with Professional UCI Team Orange Monkey-Cannondale.

Fletcher, has progressed through British Cycling's Olympic Pathway, which bought him success from a young age, scoring a bronze medal as a junior at the 2007 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships. Recently, Fletcher recorded top ten results in the under-23 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and in 2012 moves into the Senior ranks.

British Cycling's Olympic Mountain Bike Coach, Phil Dixon commented “this is an excellent move for Dave at the right time. He has moved from the British Cycling's Olympic Academy to the Podium Programme upon graduating from the under-23 ranks and now has the very best equipment and support at Orange Monkey – Cannondale. The philosophy of team is a perfect base for Dave to progress in 2012 and challenge for a spot at the Olympic Games.”

Orange Monkey-Cannondale are delighted to welcome him into the team and are excited to help him develop into one of the best mountain bikers in the world. The team have progressed every one of their seven years in existence and this signing again shows that the team are serious about building for the future.

Team manager, Will Cooper said of the signing "David Fletcher is a proven talent, and the team is extremely excited at his addition to the roster for the next two seasons. David will bring a fresh, highly motivated approach to racing within Orange Monkey-Cannondale, plus a wealth of experience gained from riding within the Great Britain squad for a number of seasons. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship working with David."

Fletcher commented on his new move, "I believe this is the right move to take my career forward. I now feel that I have the right team and structure to push on with gaining an Olympic place and my goal of becoming a World class podium athlete.

In 2012 David will compete in the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup starting in South Africa as well as the British Cross Country Series and a selection of European races, with one eye firmly focused on gaining a spot in the London Olympics.

To stay up to date you can follow both Orange Monkey-Cannondale and David Fletcher on Twitter or visit the team website.