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Van Garderen, Pinotti confirmed for BMC

The BMC Racing Team made official Thursday morning the signings of Tejay Van Garderen and Marco Pinotti, both from HTC-Highroad.

Van Garderen, most recently the best young rider at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, will join Tour de France champion Cadel Evans, who team president Jim Ochowicz said would act as a mentor to the young American GC hopeful.

“Tejay is a gifted young talent with a complete set of skills that will allow him to one day be a contender in the grand tours,” said Ochowicz. “His time trialing continues to improve, as is his climbing. With Cadel acting as his mentor, the road to success should come quickly.”

Pinotti will add time trial power to the squad.

“Marco has been the Italian national time trial champion five of the past seven years and brings power to our team time trials, as well as incredible talent in the mountains,” said Ochowicz. “We believe he will be a great asset to the team in many ways.”

Pinotti and Van Garderen join BMC Racing from HTC, which will shut its doors at the end of the year.