Team Garmin-Sharp today announced it has signed American Ben King, former U23 National Road Race, Criterum Champion and Professional National Road Race Champion (an honour he won at just 21 years old). King will join the team in 2014.
“I'm really excited to join Team Garmin-Sharp next year. I have a lot of respect for the team and I’m looking forward to becoming a part of what Jonathan Vaughters has put together,” said King. “I was teammates on the U.S. national team with Andrew Talansky and Alex Howes, so we work well together, and I will consider myself lucky to race alongside all the guys on the team. I began my international racing career on Cervélo with the HotTubes Junior Development team, so it’s nice to come full circle with them.”
“Ben is a great young rider with a lot of promise and we look forward to continuing to help him develop his considerable talent,” said Jonathan Vaughters, CEO, Slipstream Sports and Team Garmin-Sharp.
With the signing of Ben King, Garmin has now signed 6 new riders for the next season: Dylan Van Baarle (Rabobank Development Team), Lasse Norman Hansen (Blue Water Cycling), Phillip Gaimon (Bissel Cycling), Tom Jelte Slagter (Belkin), Nathan Brown (Bontrager Cycling Team) and now Ben King (RadioShack Leopard Trek).
King’s Palmares include Best Young Rider, Tour of Beijing (2011); 1st, National Professional Road Race Championships (2010) 1st, National U23 Road Race Championships (2010), 1st, National U23 Criterium Championships (2010), 1st Panamerican Road Championships (2010); 1st Panamerican Time Trial Championships (2010) and 3rd overall at the Coupe des Nations (2010).
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