Trek-Segafredo have announced the signing of Ryan Mullen. The Irish National Champion has signed a two-year contract with the team.
23-year-old Mullen won both the national road and time trial titles back in June, and joins the team from Cannondale-Drapac. A strong time trialist, Mullen placed third in the European TT Championships last month.
Mullen: “I’m so excited to be joining Trek-Segafredo. 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.”
The team also announced the signing of 24-year-old Alex Frame of New-Zealand for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Frame who joins from JLT-Condor, is a gold medallist in the team pursuit at the 2015 UCI Track World Championships. He won 4 races this season (stage 3, New Zealand Cycle Classic; prologue and stage 3, Istrian Spring Trophy; stage 2, Tour du Loir et Cher).
Frame: “Joining Trek-Segafredo is a massive deal for me, 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. This is the perfect team for me, I’m looking forward to a great year next year; I could not be happier.”
Trek-Segafredo General Manager, Luca Guercilena is thrilled to have Frame and Mullen onboard for the 2018 and 2019 seasons: “Ryan (Mullen) and Alex (Frame) are both young and very talented, and with them we want to continue investing in the development of young riders. 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. We strongly believe that they still have a large margin for improvement. I am confident that they will be a solid option for the future.”