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Continuing its tactic of working with some of the most promising young riders in the sport, the Cannondale-Garmin team has announced that Patrick Bevin and Ryan Mullen will join the team in 2016.
Bevin has had a superb season with Avanti Racing in 2015, clocking up a stage win, five second place stage finishes plus second overall in the Tour of Korea and also shining in other events.
He won the Arthur’s Seat climbing stage at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour and finished second overall, then triumphed in the REV Classic and on stage two of the Tour of Taiwan. The latter result came after he outsprinted Caleb Ewan.
Bevin also finished fourth overall in the latter.
“I am delighted to be joining Cannondale-Garmin for the next two years,” the 24 year old stated. “To race at the World Tour level is a big opportunity for me and I hope to play an important role in many team performances and victories over the coming seasons.”
Team CEO Jonathan Vaughters said that Bevin had shown great diversity in the sport, performing strongly in both sprints and on climbs.
“He is a rider who seems to have it all. He’ll be a great addition to the team.”
As for Mullen, he showcased his talent last year in taking the Irish elite road race and under 23 time trial championships. The former Under 23 Chrono des Nations winner then went on to place second in the under 23 world championship time trial, losing out on gold by just 0.48 seconds.
This year he has clocked up more promising results, netting third overall in the An Post Rás and taking the Irish elite TT title. Recently fourth in the European championship time trial, he is determined to try to become espoir world TT champion next month.
“For me, Cannondale-Garmin is the perfect learning environment,” stated the 21 year old. “They have a wealth of experience between riders and staff and working with them, I will hopefully make big steps forward over the coming seasons.”
Vaughters said that it will be exciting to see his progression as a rider. “Ryan is one of the best, if not the best, up and coming TT talents in the world.”