Cannondale-Garmin have announced the signing of Irish rider Ryan Mullen. The 21 year-old has put pen to paper for a two year contract with the American World Tour team, which will commence as of January 2016. CEO of Slipstream Sports, Jonathan Vaughters described him to Cyclingnews as “one of the best, if not the best, up and coming TT talents in the world. It will be exciting to see how he progresses as a rider.”
Last year, Mullen narrowly missed out on the gold medal in the U23 time trial at the World Championships in Ponferrada, as he crossed the line just 1/2 second behind the winner, Campbell Flakemore. This year, he will hope to go one better in Richmond.
He has spent the last two seasons with the An Post-Chain Reaction team, where he has enjoyed some success including winning both the Irish Road and Time Trial Championships.
The Irishman spoke of his delight at securing such a high profile move.
“I have loved riding for the An Post team and they’ve been so supportive of me. Kurt (Bogaerts) and the other riders have helped me develop into the rider I am so I have a lot to thank them for. I still have a lot more years to develop into the rider I want to be but this is the next step in my career and it’s always been a dream of mine to ride on the World Tour so I’m looking forward to it.”
An Post Team manager, Kurt Bogaerts, is thrilled that Mullen has got the rewards for his hard work and knows only too well the potential he possesses.
“I’m delighted for him that a top team like Cannondale – Garmin have picked him up. He has shown huge potential in his performances for the past two seasons, which has been reflected in the super results he has achieved, so it’s no surprise to us. It is a great move for him and we wish him the very best.
He has star quality and we were delighted to be able to help him on his journey. Hopefully he has gained valuable experience with us the past two seasons.”
The young rider will finish this season with An Post including participating in the upcoming Tour of Britain. He will also take part in races in September as a stagiaire for the Cannondale-Garmin team.