BMC Racing sign Miles Scotson

22-year-old Australian track world champion rode for Team Illuminate and Wanty-Groupe Gobert in 2016

BMC Racing completed its 2017 roster with the signing of Australian Miles Scotson, according to an announcement today from the US-registered WorldTour team.

Scotson, 22, has been focusing on the track in 2016, taking gold with the Australian team at the 2016 UCI Track World Championships team pursuit and attempting to make his country’s Olympic team.

On the road, he raced Tour d'Azerbaïdjan and Tour of Iran in May with US Continental Team Illuminate before signing on as a stagiare with Wanty-Groupe Gobert in August.

Scotson overcame the disappointment of not being selected for the Rio Olympic Games by taking bronze in the U23 World Championship time trial in Qatar, backing up his previous win in the time trial stage at the Olympia’s Tour less than two weeks earlier. He also finished fourth in the Chrono Champenois Masculin International and fifth in Duo Normand with his younger brother Callum.

"At BMC Racing Team we believe it is important to nurture the next generation of cycling talent, and when you look at Miles Scotson's record on the track and road, it's clear that he is an excellent addition to our 2017 roster," said team General Manager Jim Ochowicz.

“With the emphasis we place on our individual and team time trials, it's exciting to add a young talent like Miles to our ranks," Ochowicz said.

Scotson will be one of three Australians on the 2017 BMC Racing roster, joining Richie Porte and fellow time trial ace Rohan Dennis.

"My motivation to sign with BMC Racing Team is that it's always been a team I've admired,” he said. “The team has a strong classics squad and and are two-time world TTT champions, and both are areas I'd like to target as a professional, so I think the team is a perfect fit for me. I'm hoping to adapt to professional racing in Europe as fast and possible and learn from the experienced riders in the team.

Callum Scotson, 20, who is currently competing in the Gent Six day with partner Cameron Meyer, will race for the BMC Development Team in 2017.

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