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by Mark Zalewski
November 2, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert and Verschueren defend in Koppenbergcross; Team Novo Nordisk CEO Southerland calls for more nuanced debate on TUEs; Vaughters on WorldTour: A race to the bottom; Shane Sutton responds to findings of internal investigation; Van der Haar returns to podium; Nicholas Roche talks about move from Sky to BMC; RideLondon-Surrey Classic and Velon sign three-year partnership; Phil Gaimon announces retirement; Bahrain-Merida filling out roster, has first training camp; Colin Joyce joins Rally Cycling; Jelly Belly trading gaining European experience with return of Tvetcov; Give your bicycle a ‘boost’; Ride a bike on your stomach.
Colin Joyce has signed with Rally Cycling for the 2017 season. The young American comes from the Axeon-Hagens Berman development programme and showed his talent this year by finishing second in the opening stage at the Tour of Utah and winning stage one of the 2016 Tour of Alberta, where he claimed both the points and best young rider competitions.
Colin Joyce (Axeon Hagens Berman) pictured during Stage 1 of the Tour of Alberta 2016 from Lethbridge to Lethbridge.
“I met Jonas in 2014 while at a race in Portugal,” said Joyce. “I ended up getting in a crash that put me in the hospital there,” said Joyce.
“One of his riders was also involved in the crash and also had to got the hospital. Jonas was there, came over and was super comforting to me and offered a lot of help and advice. I instantly had a lot of respect for him as he helped me when I needed it. I kept that in mind while talking with teams about 2017.”
“Since I met Joyce in the Portuguese hospital, I’ve kept an eye on his progress,” said Performance Manager Jonas Carney. “While he has flown under the radar a bit, he really stepped up when given the chance to start Tour of Utah and Tour of Alberta this year. Colin is a well-rounded rider who can climb and sprint. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do when a race becomes selective.”
“I really just want to continue to develop and show that I am capable of racing at the highest level,” said Joyce. “I still have a lot to learn and am looking forward to the process. A lot of the older guys on the team have some amazing racing experience, and I want to use that to help further my abilities. My main goal is to help the team win or compete for the win in every race we enter.”