Cycling: 6 Ex-HTC-Highroad Riders to Be Looking out for in 2012 and Beyond

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Cycling: 6 Ex-HTC-Highroad Riders to Be Looking out for in 2012 and Beyond
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In the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe, the HTC-Highroad squad celebrate the successful conclusion of what would turn out to be their last Tour de France. Mark Cavendish proudly wears his just-secured green jersey in the middle of the bunch.

The huge volume of races in any one cycling year provides ample opportunity for many ProTeams and ProContinental outfits to grab their moment in the spotlight and make their sponsors happy. In the past few years, few have done quite as prodigiously as HTC-Highroad have.

Their work in helping Mark Cavendish dominate the sprints of the grand tours has been the very definition of teamwork, the likes of Mark Renshaw and Bernhard Eisel more often than not giving the Manx Missile nothing short of exemplary leadouts on the way to his ever-growing tally of stage wins.

It has not been all about Cav though, with Tony Martin and Matthew Goss among others grabbing notable wins that put their team's logo up front and centre.

The news this summer that HTC-Highroad are to fold after failing to get a new sponsor brings an end to a team whose origins date back to the German Telekom/T-Mobile teams of Jan Ullrich and Erik Zabel that so often lit up the 1990s and early 2000s. The disbanding also means that some of the best talent around has also become available.

While some of the team's riders have already declared their next destination, others are remaining tight-lipped for now. Either way, there are several reasons to be interested in the futures of this talented group. With few races left now for one of cycling's most high-profile squads, here are six soon-to-be ex-HTC-Highroad riders you should definitely be looking out for as we head into 2012.

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