The Drops Cycling women's team completed its 10-rider squad for the 2019 season with 21-year-old track specialist Megan Barker.
The 21-year-old Barker, who has been developing her talents on the track as well as the road, joins her older sister Elinor, an Olympic team pursuit gold medalist, on the team.
"We're really pleased to announce that Megan Barker will be our 10th rider and complete our squad for 2019," the Drops team wrote on Twitter. "Megan has been one of the stand-out young British riders in recent years and we're looking forward to developing her talent."
The squad also signed on Grace Anderson, another up-and-coming talent from New Zealand. Anderson won the U23 national title in the road race last season and was the best young rider in the Santos Women's Tour.
Barker and Anderson are joined by returning riders Anna Christian, Lizzie Holden, Manon Lloyd, Abby-Mae Parkinson, Hannah Payton, Lucy Shaw, and Eleanor Dickinson, who returns to the team after a two-year absence.
The Drops team almost ended after the 2018 season, during which its former title sponsor Trek opted to start its own WorldTour squad Trek-Segafredo.
We're really pleased to announce that Megan Barker will be our tenth rider and complete our squad for 2019. Megan has been one of the stand out young British riders in recent years and we're looking forward to developing her talent. pic.twitter.com/GJV2LIUzUs— Drops (@DropsCycling) January 11, 2019
We're over the moon to welcome young Kiwi, Grace Anderson to the team in 2019. She kicks off her season tonight @tourdownunder where she will race for New Zealand. It's a race she knows well having taken Best Young Rider last season. Welcome to the team, Grace! ???? pic.twitter.com/Fy1QZdeZVs— Drops (@DropsCycling) January 9, 2019
2019 will be Abby-Mae's third successive year with the team. She's flourishing as both a rider and a person. She claimed the young rider's jersey at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana this year and a couple of top ten results. We can't wait to see her progress this season. pic.twitter.com/L72GTISdMg— Drops (@DropsCycling) January 4, 2019
Super excited to be staying with @DropsCycling for another year ?? Despite having to cut my season short last year due to a fractured hip, I had the BEST time racing with the team. Can’t wait to kick off the 2019 season ?????? https://t.co/3mJy1wLjkM— Manon Lloyd (@manonlloyd96) January 4, 2019
Another rider confirmed for 2019 is Hannah Payton. 'Jim/Jimmy' as she is affectionally known within the team embodies everything we aimed to set out when we started the team three seasons ago. She's a dedicated team player and we're delighted to continue working with her. pic.twitter.com/AasbhtuJvF— Drops (@DropsCycling) January 7, 2019