Jonny Bellis determined to get back to his best
Jonny Bellis says he is delighted to have the chance to continue to rebuild his career after signing with the An Post Sean Kelly team for next season.
The 23-year-old is fighting his way back to fitness after suffering serious head injuries in a life-threatening scooter crash in 2009.
Bellis said: "I'm really happy to sign for the team. It's another step in the right direction."
The Manx cyclist represented Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Bellis is regarded as one of British cycling's best academy products and had just completed his first full season as a professional with Danish team Saxo Bank when the accident happened in Italy in September 2009.
The three-time European track champion continued: "I am really grateful for this opportunity and I'm really looking forward to more racing. I am determined to get back to my best.
"I have heard a lot of good things about the team from lots of people and I feel it is the perfect place for me to be next year."
Bellis won a bronze medal at the Under-23 world road championships in 2007 and bronze and silver medals at the world junior championships the same year.
His new Belgium-based team competes at the Continental level but also gets invited to compete a several major races including the Tour of Qatar, Oman and Belgium.
General manager Kurt Bogaerts says they will choose the races which best suits the rider as he builds his condition.
He will travel to Spain to meet up with his new team in December.