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by Matt de Neef
November 21, 2016
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Richie Porte to be BMC’s sole leader for the 2017 Tour de France; Philippe Gilbert ordered to repay 300,000 Euros to Omega Pharma-Lotto; Koksijde CX World Cup cancelled due to dangerous winds; Miles Scotston signs with BMC; Brazilian Pro Continental team suspended after three positive tests; Mikel Landa to again focus on the Giro in 2017; Peter Sagan hasn’t ruled out MTBing in 2017; Man charged after injuring cyclist in West Melbourne hit-and-run; $1.3 million in fines for NSW cyclists since new laws introduced in March; When the supertuck goes wrong; Huge crowds at the Tour du Rwanda.
The BMC Racing Team has announced that Australia’s Miles Scotson will be the final addition to its 2017 roster.
Miles Scotson recently took bronze in the U23 men’s time trial at the Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
An accomplished rider on the road and the track, 22-year-old Scotson was last year’s Australian U23 road race and time trial champion and is a two-time team pursuit world champion (2014 and 2016). After riding as a stagiaire with the Wanty-Groupe Gobert team in the latter part of this season, Scotson will join BMC in 2017 on what is presumably a two-year deal (as per the UCI’s minimum requirements for neo-pro signings).
“Miles in an excellent time trialist and this year won the individual time trial at the Olympia’s Tour, before going on to win the bronze medal in the U23 time trial at the UCI World Road Championships in Doha,” BMC’s general manager Jim Ochowicz said in a press release. “With the emphasis we place on our individual and team time trials it’s exciting to add a young talent like Miles to our ranks.”
Scotson himself is looking forward to the opportunity: “The team has a strong classics squad and and are two-time world TTT champions and both are areas I’d like to target as a professional so I think the team is a perfect fit for me,” Scotson said. “I’m hoping to adapt to professional racing in Europe as fast and possible and learn from the experienced riders in the team.”
Miles Scotson’s younger brother Callum, Australia’s reigning U23 time trial champion, will race with BMC’s Development Team in 2017.