Nathan Brown, a breakout star at May’s Amgen Tour of California, has signed with Garmin-Sharp, the American team announced on Friday.
“It was a easy decision for me to join Team Garmin-Sharp,” Brown said in a team press release. “The moment I talked to [CEO] Jonathan Vaughters, I knew this was the team I wanted to be on. Ever since I was a junior I watched his team in the Tour de France, and I knew one day that I wanted to ride for them. It’s a dream come true and I’m so excited to race for Team Garmin-Sharp next season.”
Brown, of Covington, Tennessee, is a two-time U.S. U23 time trial champion. After finishing second at the U23 Liège–Bastogne–Liège, the 21-year-old was second to teammate Tanner Putt in the road race at U23 nationals earlier this year.
He said he hoped to race in the U.S. in 2014, but, above all, he would take the opportunity to learn from the team’s veterans during his neo-pro season.
“My goal for next season is to learn as much as I can. There are so many great riders on the team and I am looking forward to any advice they can give me. I would love to come back and possibly do some of the USA races; being a young American, that would be an amazing opportunity, but my focus is on learning everything I can and being a good teammate at Garmin-Sharp.”
Brown is a product of the Bontrager development program and has ridden as a friendly rival to Garmin’s U23 feeder team in recent years. Vaughters, who has long targeted strong TT riders like Brown in his recruiting, called him a “perfect fit” for the team.
“He is a talented rider on the road and in time trials, and we look forward to working with him next year,” said Vaughters. “He’ll be another great, young addition to our squad.”
The team announced earlier this year that Bissell’s Phil Gaimon would join its roster in 2014.