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by Shane Stokes
October 20, 2017
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Having made his Tour de France debut this summer, leading the mountains classification for two days and also helping Rigoberto Uran to second overall, Nate Brown has been rewarded with a two-year contact extension. The 26-year-old American joined the team prior to the 2014 season and will remain there until at least the end of 2019.
“This has been my best season yet,” he said. “I have a lot I am proud of, but I think my proudest moment was wearing the polka dot jersey in the Tour de France. It was always a dream to race the Tour, and wearing the polka dot jersey was beyond anything I could have imagined.
“The moment JV came to me with another contract, I knew it was the right choice to stay,” he continued, referring to the team’s CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “This team is a family to me. They have always had my back and given me great opportunities. I can’t wait to keep developing with them for another two years. I feel like I have a lot more I can give.
“I want to keep improving. Every year I have gotten a little better. I don’t think I’ve reached my full potential yet.”
Vaughters agrees. “Nate’s performances this season have given him confidence and furthered his ambitions,” he said. “Nate has always been talented and hard-working. This year, I think he’s come to see what he’s truly capable of, which makes him capable of even more. We know what he can do and now so does he.”