USA Team Kelly Benefits Strategies/Medifast announced that Canadian David Veilleux has joined for 2008. Jonas Carney's squad will also feature reigning junior USA Time Trial and Road Race Champion, Ben King.
"David is not well known on the NRC circuit yet, but I've been watching his results for some time and have wanted him in our program since its inception," said Performance Director Carney. "We have a long range plan for the Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast program. Part of that plan is to bring the most talented young athletes into our program early and give them the best possible training and racing environment and team-mates. Bringing on riders like David Veilleux and Ben King ensures the long-term success of what we're trying to do here."
Veilleux has been a member of the Canadian national team at the World Championships for three years running, and in 2006 was both time trial and road race U23 Canadian champion. The year before in 2005, he took first place overall GC in the Tour de L'Abitibi.
"I know the Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast team will suit me well because there is such a good mix of young and more experienced riders," stated Veilleux. "Next year the race calendar will be very interesting with more international races. I'm also looking forward to participating in more important UCI races in the US, and I think that even at my young age I can maybe bring something more to an already excellent team."
Also new to the 2008 roster are Andrew Bajadali and Alex Candelario, plus new sponsor Bioforce Inc., makers of MyoMed, who recently joined the team at Interbike in Las Vegas.