Americans Lawson Craddock and Chad Haga have signed with Argos-Shimano, the team confirmed on Thursday.
Craddock, 21, will turn pro with the Dutch ProTeam in 2014. He currently wears the best young rider jersey at the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado. The Bontrager rider is a multiple-time U.S. national champion.
“Development was the primary factor in my decision to join Team Argos-Shimano. For me to continue to progress as a rider, the immediate focus needs to be on my development, not necessarily on my results. I am confident that Team Argos-Shimano has the plan, infrastructure and team philosophy to help me achieve my goals as a cyclist,” Craddock said in a press release. “I look forward to joining my fellow teammates at Argos-Shimano and accomplishing not only my personal objectives but our team’s ambitions in 2014 and beyond.”
Haga has risen through the ranks quickly, having turned professional in late 2011 with the American Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies team.
“I chose Team Argos-Shimano because of their support structure,” said Haga. “I really believe that they can help me become a better rider as they have done with many young riders, so that I can reach my full potential. I also like the way the team races. It appears to be a great team environment in which all the riders are friends as well, which results in great teamwork. I especially appreciate the team’s commitment to clean racing.”
Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.