Trek-Segafredo have confirmed that Ryan Mullen has re-signed with the team for two more years. The 25-year-old Irishman secured his fourth time trial national title this year, and over the past two years has proven to be a valuable asset to the team in the spring Classics and support rider for the team’s leaders.
Ryan Mullen: “I was really happy when Luca (Guercilena) gave me the opportunity to re-sign. I love it in this team, and I think I really fit in well. They give me every opportunity and every backing that I feel like I deserve for the TTs. Everyone is always super understanding and super motivated when it comes to my opportunities. And obviously with the Classics team we have a really great group of guys; it would have been a shame to leave these guys behind. Over the last two years we developed a good friendship and really great working environment between Mads (Pedersen), Jasper (Stuyven) and Koen (de Kort) and myself. We all bond well and get the best out of each other.
“In that sense, it made perfect sense for me to stay with the team and to continue to grow in this environment and to keep working on my future goals and ambitions, like being successful in TT’s and one-day races, and riding Jasper and Mads deep into the finals of the cobbled Classics. From that point of view, it’s the perfect place for me to grow. For the next two years, I will hopefully continue on the path I have been on: I want to get a few more Grand Tours in me and continue focusing on TT’s and being one of the super domestiques when it comes to the Classics with Jasper and Mads.”
General Manager Luca Guercilena: “In the past two years, Ryan has proven to be a strong time trialist and a valuable team player for the Classics. We strongly believe in Ryan’s capacities for the time trial and want to give him the chance to further develop them within our team. He fits really well in the team in general and has also found his place and role in the Classics team. For all these reasons we are very happy to have him on board for two more years.”