British cyclist Emma Pooley has joined Swiss women's team Bigla Cycling for the 2013 season.
Pooley, who is taking a university doctorate, was considering taking a break with her current Dutch team set to leave the sport.
- 2008: Time trial silver at Beijing Olympics
- 2009: British Time Trial champion
- 2010: Tour de l'Aude winner, British Road Race and Time Trial champion, World Time Trial champion
- 2011: Third at World Time Trial Championship
But she said: "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."
Pooley, 30, was a silver medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
She was also the 2010 time-trial world champion and helped Great Britain team-mate
Lizzie Armitstead to silver in the road race at the London Olympics.
The Norfolk rider added: "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."