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by Shane Stokes
October 26, 2017
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Rally Cycling has announced the signing of Ty Magner, one of North America’s top sprinters. After spending the majority of his professional cycling career with Holowesko-Citadel, Magner joins Rally Cycling on a two-year contract. He is a former champion of the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour and won the opening stage at this year’s Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, donning yellow in the process. The addition of the 26-year old from Griffin, Georgia further strengthens the team’s sprint train and one-day race ambitions. Magner is a versatile sprinter, as comfortable leading a teammate safely through the closing meters of a race as he is chasing a win for himself.
“Winning in Utah and having the yellow jersey was definitely a career highlight,” said Magner. “It gave me a ton of confidence moving forward. I showed that I can get over the high mountains and still have the legs to finish. I already can’t wait to mix it up in the sprints next season. I’ve been riding bikes my whole life, mountain and road. It’s a lifestyle that I love to live, I see it as more than just my job. I’ve been able to see the world and create some incredible lifelong relationships thanks to this sport.”
The 2016 season was a breakout year for Magner. With over ten victories, he won the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour by a comfortable margin. He carried this momentum into 2017, winning both the time trial and the criterium at March’s Tour of the Southern Highlands before eventually winning the Armed Forces Crystal Cup and the Winston-Salem criterium, both with solo attacks. It was this consistency that caught the attention of Rally’s performance director Jonas Carney, a former sprinter himself.
“I’ve had my eye on Magner for a number of years now,” said Carney. “But when he proved that he could sprint against the best in Utah, we really started the process of trying to hire him. Ty will fit in immediately with our sprinters. He has shown that he can get over the power climbs and when needed, he can take care of business in a breakaway.”
The Rally team is planning a jump up to the Professional Continental level in 2018. The team will continue to finalize its men’s and women’s rosters over the coming months, and is planning a 2018 race schedule with more international racing than in years past.