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Van Garderen, Pinotti confirmed for BMC

  • By Brian Holcombe
  • Published Sep. 1, 2011

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.

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Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe is the editor of VeloNews.com. Holcombe joined VeloNews in 2009 following years spent introducing students to whitewater kayaking and working in avalanche control, among other more risky ventures. A Master of PR and Marketing Communications, his graduate work at the University of Denver focused on innovation, digital media management and custom publishing. Holcombe is a CSU Ram fan and proud parent, and has been accused of attacking too much on the VN lunch ride. Follow him on Twitter @FCBrian.

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