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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.