Pooley won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was the 2010 time-trial
world champion, while at this year’s London Games she helped Great Britain
team-mate Lizzie Armitstead to silver in the road race.
However, Pooley was looking at having to take an extended break from
cycling and concentrate on continuing to finish a doctorate in geotechnical
engineering, with her former team AA Drink-leontien.nl set to disband at the
end of this season due to a lack of financial support.
However, the 30-year-old is now excited by the prospect of joining Bigla
while continuing to study in the off-season, with Pooley telling 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!
“Next year will be different for me than the last few years, because I’ll
be spending the winter studying to finish my PhD… that will mean a slower
start to the season.
“But Bigla will give me plenty of racing opportunities, some fun new
challenges, and also the freedom to focus a bit on my own goals in the time
trial,” Pooley added.