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Gaimon signs with Garmin-Sharp

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Cycling News
Published:
June 5, 2013, 13:45,
Updated:
June 5, 2013, 14:46
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Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Phil Gaimon (Bissell) launched a solo attack towards the end.

Phil Gaimon (Bissell) launched a solo attack towards the end.

  • Phil Gaimon (Bissell) launched a solo attack towards the end.
  • 2013 Merco champion Phil Gaimon (Bissell)

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Bissell rider gets WorldTour call-up after gutsy ride in Chattanooga

The Garmin-Sharp team today announced the signing of 27-year-old Phil Gaimon from the Bissell squad. Gaimon, the winner of the 2012 Redlands Classic, has been posting strong results at the national level, putting in a particularly determined ride at the US Pro road championships in Chattanooga, where his solo escape was only caught in the final kilometer.

"We're excited to bring Phil on next year," Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters said. "Having watched Phil race over the past few years we know he is a great, versatile rider with a huge amount of talent and beyond that, he is also funny, smart and unique addition to the team. We think he'll be a great fit both on the road and off and we look forward to helping him take the next step in his career."

An outspoken proponent of clean competition, Gaimon sports a tattoo of a bar of soap with the world "clean" on his right bicep, and he was attracted to Garmin-Sharp for its ethical code.

"I've watched the team grow over the years from the U23 development squad to the team that saved pro cycling with a real emphasis on clean racing and it's always been a moving target for me. I'm proud to join Garmin-Sharp and be a small part of that, and there's no one I'd rather ride for."

Gaimon is the third new rider to be confirmed for the 2014 Garmin-Sharp team: Olympic omnium champion Lasse Norman Hansen and Rabo Development team rider Dylan van Baarle signed with the team last month.

Scott Cugno More than 1 year ago
I've watched the team grow over the years from the U23 development squad to the team that saved pro cycling with a real emphasis on clean racing and it's always been a moving target for me. Is that A Joke Phil? The whole team has doped, and they continue to bring ex- doped riders on the team. Can you say that with a straight face?
Greg Khan More than 1 year ago
lol
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
Is that a joke Scott? You obviously have all the insider information and hard proof that quote "The whole team has doped", and as far as ex-dopers are concerned, you get caught, you do your time, you move on....unless they test positive again I really don't care they are ex-dopers.
Scott Cugno More than 1 year ago
Raoul are you one of the guys that still believes in the eater bunny? JV IS A HYPOCRITICAL AND IF YOU DO NOT LIKE WHAT I SAY TO BAD
SDell12 More than 1 year ago
Who's the 'eater bunny'?!?!?! Sounds terrifying! I think I'll stick with believing in the Easter bunny...at least candy and cool painted eggs are involved
teh_superfly More than 1 year ago
Whether or not it's true, Phil has to say that for contracts sake. At the same time, a CLEAN tattooed rider getting to ride the world tour is a big freaking deal....remember the consequences if he ever gets busted??? Cheese grater!!!
Scott Cugno More than 1 year ago
That is very true.
Greg Khan More than 1 year ago
congrats Phil G !
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
Yes! The guy is quite a talent and will infuse some fresh air to the world tour. I did a local race a few years ago and saw PG ride away from the pro field and ride about 100 miles solo thru mtns.
Jancouver More than 1 year ago
Just few weeks back he was airlifted after his horrific crash in San Dimas and now he signs a deal with a WT team. What a turnaround! AWESOME! Way to go Phil!
Scott Cugno More than 1 year ago
THEY TOOK THE WORD OUT AFTER THE AND
Scott Cugno More than 1 year ago
I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR, I BELIEVE IN PHIL G, AND CONGRATS TO HIM. HOWEVER, THE TEAM IS A TOTAL CONTRADICTION.
jabike More than 1 year ago
Well you should have led with that not how you think that "The whole team has doped".
Scott Cugno More than 1 year ago
I will lead with whatever I want. JV and MOST of the riders on that team have DOPED!
jabike More than 1 year ago
Scott I am almost a 100% sure you know Phil and raced against him, as have I. The point wasn't what you could and could not post, the point is that this is (hopefully) a huge move for Clean cycling and more importantly a huge moment for Phil and his growth as a professional cyclist. The fact that you think that the team he signed with are a bunch of dopers (ex and current) should, in my opinion, been second to your best wishes for Phil. But hey it's your keyboard do whatever.
mdeviney More than 1 year ago
calm down
Lyle Walker More than 1 year ago
Why don't you stop talking for a while?
Scott Cugno More than 1 year ago
Hey lyle walker S%^k it! I guess you do not like when people disagree with you
cjmorten More than 1 year ago
The thing is, he is a very talented rider, that is noted in the article. I also follow him on Twitter, the guy is hilarious. Garmin has guys like Zabriskie, Vandevelde, Tom D, who are great guys on and off the bike. Phil will fit right in and is a great addition to the team.
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
I thought there might be insights into the American cycling scene in these comments, no unnecessary upper case letters and lots of good cheer at this guy's success.................
running far More than 1 year ago
I think it is hard to find a perfect way to move on after the doping era and I find the Garmin approach at least a bit hopeful toward clean cycling. They have never claimed that there are no past dopers on their team (any team that does is quite simply lying). They have just said this is what we are doing moving forward: no outside doctors, no needles and if you are called to be questioned about your past be open and honest. Would it be nice to believe that all ex-dopers can be just thrown away and everyone else is declared clean. Personally I prefer this approach than the Sky hide your head in the sand until it comes out and then fire them approach. I'd rather see this type of moving forward than listen to another story about how Contador must of eaten some tainted meat that had drugs (and plastics from an IV bag) in it, or that Frank Schleck was "poisoned" by a nefarious stranger...
WestinCarpaccio More than 1 year ago
I believe you are correct: there is a positive way and a negative way. At least Garmin is open about what they are doing. They are trying to provide some hope in this morass. I don't feel all ex-dopers should be kicked to the curb, but they need to be contrite and give up who supplied them and provide insight into how it happened. No more serve your ban and come back, never admitting anything and never saying anything.
climb4fun More than 1 year ago
Fellas. I don't know and don't care who doped or didn't. But all the animosity is ridiculous. Hincapie and Van de Velde were esteemed and admired - Doh. Lance swore up until the ax dropped that neither he nor anyone else used PED - Doh. The testing is apparently something of a joke. I like Phil and I am glad he gets a shot, but a Tattoo or a T-shirt website is no proof. He went from couchpotato to Cat1 in like 1.5 years - Doh.