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by Mark Zalewski
November 11, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Grosu wins Tour of Taihu Lake, stage 5; Dimension Data Principal on WorldTour numbers: ‘The right decision was made for cycling’; Italian federation acquits all in ‘pay-to-race’ scheme; Baby Giro returning in 2017; Is a new Chinese WorldTour race in the works?; Opening round of Revolution Series Champions League cancelled; Rally Cycling adds Junior World Time Trial Champion Brandon McNulty; Cylance Pro Cycling completes roster with Marta Tagliaferro; Jan Dieteren making comeback after recovery from cancer; Linus Gerdemann pondering retirement; Julian Dean convicted of drunk driving; Downhill Taxco 2016 Course Preview.
The American Rally Cycling team has signed Junior World Time Trial Champion Brandon McNulty. The 18-year-old comes from the the LUX Development Team, managed by former Olympic medalist, professional rider and US National Team coach Roy Knickman.
“The learning opportunities are really what led to me sign with Rally Cycling,” said McNulty. “One thing Rally Cycling has to offer that strictly U23 teams don’t is the opportunity to race with and learn from guys who have been professionals for a long time. They have a tremendous amount of experience and it is a great opportunity to learn from some of the best riders in the peloton. The main goal this season is to learn as much as possible and to develop the skills and knowledge needed to have a long and successful career in the sport. I also am really looking forward to helping out the team, and maybe having a shot at getting a result or two myself.”
“We have kept an eye on Brandon since we started supporting the LUX Development Team a few years ago,” said Performance Manager Jonas Carney. “While our program is not a “development” team, we have a lot of experience nurturing young riders. Brandon is a big talent, and it’s important that he learns as much as possible over the next couple years so that he is fully prepared for a career in Europe. Our program is an excellent choice as it offers him stability, a positive environment, and the opportunity to learn from experienced riders like Danny Pate, Rob Britton, Brad Huff and Evan Huffman.”
“Looking toward the future, pursuing the best young riders in North America is a major priority for Rally Cycling. We plan to expand that group in the coming years. These riders, combined with the strength and experience of the veterans on the team make for a strong, diverse team that will be competitive in races throughout the season.”
The addition of McNulty completes Rally Cycling’s 2017 men’s roster. New signees joining him for the 2017 season include 2016 Redlands Bicycle Classic winner Matteo Dal-Cin and Tour of Alberta stage winner Colin Joyce.