McNulty: Everyone has their own rate of development

Brandon McNulty gets ready to ride with UAE Team Emirates in Argentina
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

A young rider joining a new team on another continent usually feels himself cast among strangers. Not so for Brandon McNulty, who found himself catching up with some old acquaintances when he linked up with UAE Team Emirates for the first time this winter.

Mikkel Bjerg, the Dane with whom he vied for time trialling supremacy at the junior and under-23 levels, is a fellow neophyte. Another contemporary, Jasper Philipsen, is in his second year on the team, as is Tadej Pogačar, who was among those defeated by McNulty at the Junior Peace Race in 2015.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.