Irishman Mark Downey has signed for French DN1 team Côtes d’Armor-Marie Morin-Véranda Rideau according to Le Télégramme. 23 year-old Downey previously spent two seasons in France with VC Toucy (2016) and CC Etupes (2017) before moving to UCI Continental level with Team Wiggins in 2018 before joining EvoPro Racing in 2019.
Amongst his best results on the road this season have been top-20 placings on stages of the Circuit des Ardennes International (2.2) and Boucles de la Mayenne (2.1). His most impressive result of the season was his bronze medal in the Points Race at the UCI Track World Championships in Pruszków, Poland in March.
Last season, he had a string of top results including 3rd overall at the Volta ao Alentejo, 3rd at the Irish Road Race Championships, 4th at the Classica da Arrabida – Cyclin’Portugal and 2nd on a stage of the Tour de l’Avenir. In addition, he also finished 9th at the U23 World Road Race Championships in 2017.
A number of WorldTour and Pro Continental riders have previously ridden for the Breton team including Mickaël Chérel (AG2R La Mondiale), Romain Hardy (Team Arkéa – Samsic) and one of the most impressive riders in this year’s Tour de France David Gaudu (Groupama FDJ).
Also joining Côtes d’Armor-Marie for the 2020 season are 19-year-old Briton Sam Reed from CC Plancoëtin and 19 year-old French rider Ugo Bolgiani from VC Pays de Loudéac.