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by Shane Stokes
September 12, 2017
Photography by Kristof Ramon
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Current Irish road race and time trial champion Ryan Mullen has signed a contract to race with the Trek-Segafredo team for the next two years, moving across after two seasons with Cannondale-Drapac. Mullen finished a very close second in the world under 23 championships in 2014, was fifth in last year’s Elite worlds and bronze medallist in this year’s European championship TT.
He finished tenth overall in the Tour of Britain on Sunday and, at 23 years of age, he has time on his side in terms of his bid to become one of the sport’s best time trialists. “I’m so excited to be joining Trek-Segafredo,” he said. “Since my initial conversation with them in the summer, we shared similar ideas and ambitions for the future. I am really excited to continue my development at Trek-Segafredo and am confident it will be a successful combination over the coming seasons.”
Also moving to the team is current JLT Condor rider Alex Frame. He took four races this season, namely stages in the New Zealand Cycle Classic, the Istrian Spring Trophy and the Tour du Loir et Cher, and was gold medallist in the team pursuit at the 2015 world track championships. “Joining Trek-Segafredo is a massive deal for me,” he said. “I cannot wait to put on the jersey. I know I can be competitive at this level. I want to start 2018 well and prove what I am capable of.”
The team’s general manager Luca Guercilena commented on the signings. “Ryan and Alex are both young and very talented, and with them we want to continue investing in the development of young riders,” he stated. “They are both very strong guys and we are convinced they will be valuable assets for the team. Mullen will reinforce our time trial squad and Frame, with his experience from the track, is obviously a very fast rider who will be of great help in the lead-out and as we hope, also in the Classics.”