By Ben Atkins
Former Australian Time Trial Champion Carla Ryan has joined the Cervélo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team. The 22 year-old from Brisbane has impressed this year in stage races, winning the Under-23 jersey at the Tour of New Zealand and riding strongly in the Tour de l'Aude. Her first race for her new team will be the six day Grand Boucle Féminine International, starting in Gent, Belgium next week.
Ryan's main talents lie in her climbing and longer distance time trialling, something that her new Cervélo-Lifeforce team-mates specialise in meaning that the young Australian should fit in well.
"We are happy that Carla is joining our team," said Thomas Campana, Cervélo-Lifeforce Team Manager. "I'm convinced that she is a great enrichment for all of us and that she can make also a good personal development in the professional business together with us."