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Bennett best in Turkey, Hofland in Famenne Ardenne Classic: Daily News Digest
Following an impressive 2017 season when he won the Joe Martin Stage Race, the Winston-Salem Classic and the Cascade Cycling Classic, Robin Carpenter has been rewarded with a two-year contract with Rally Cycling. The deal is the first major signing announced by the squad for 2018, and should put it in position to chase big results.
“I’m always trying to push myself as a rider and never settling for a result,” said Carpenter. “Rally is one of the most professionally run programs in America, and their two year commitment to me was a huge draw. I had some great years on Holowesko-Citadel and I am thankful for their support. Right now I am looking forward to this next step in my career.”
Carpenter is 25 years of age and is regarded as one of the best young talents on the US domestic circuit. He highlighted his class in 2014 when he soloed to victory on stage two of the USA Pro Challenge, and won a stage of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah plus the overall title at the Tour of Alberta in 2016.
“When Robin shows up to a race you immediately have to account for him in your race strategy,” said Performance Director Jonas Carney. “He’s that dynamic. Signing him was at the top of our list as we thought about the areas of our program that we wanted to strengthen.”
Carpenter said that riding alongside and learning from Danny Pate was something he felt would be invaluable in building experience. “Good positioning, tactics and instincts on the road are vital when racing in Europe. The racing rewards aggressiveness and keeps you on your toes. In the U.S. the roads are bigger and you have more time to make a decision while in Europe it is the opposite.”