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Von Hoff signs for Garmin-Sharp

Cycling News
November 03, 2012, 10:58 GMT,
November 03, 2012, 10:48 GMT
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, November 3, 2012
Nathan Haas and Steele Von Hoff chat on the start line.

Nathan Haas and Steele Von Hoff chat on the start line.

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Australian moves up from Chipotle Development squad

Steele Von Hoff has signed a two-year contract with Garmin-Sharp after riding the second of the season as a stagarie for the team. The 24-year-old rode for the team’s Chipotle development team in 2011 and the first half of 2012.

“It has been my dream ever since I started riding to race at the top level in the sport and Garmin-Sharp is the perfect fit for my racing goals and moral beliefs,” said Von Hoff.

“They are going to work with me to help me achieve the best results I can over a long-term period, and have my best interests in mind while trying to achieve those results. Their commitment to clean cycling is something very important to me. I have a lot of respect for the team and think I will learn a lot from the riders on board. I’m very excited to make it to the top level with the team I have always admired and respected.”

Van Hoff rode the Tour of Britain in September, securing two top ten places before finishing a creditable 19th in Paris-Tours. He is expected to be joined by Lachlan Morton, another rider from the team’s development team who will move up to the Garmin-Sharp team.

Jonathan Vaughters, CEO of Slipstream Sports, added: “We are thrilled to move Steele up to the pro-tour. He is an exceptional young talent and we will continue to help him grow, over time. We know that he will be an important addition for next season – he already showed what he can do at the Pro Tour level as a stagarie through the fall.”

Murilo Fischer (FDJ-BigMat); Christophe Le Mével (Cofidis), Henrich Haussler (IAM Project) have all left the team.


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