Ben King, Scott Thwaites and Lachlan Morton to join Dimension Data
Sep 29 2016 09:25 pm CET

Ben King, Scott Thwaites and Lachlan Morton to join Dimension Data

Team Dimension Data has announced the arrivals of Ben King, Scott Thwaites and Lachlan Morton for the 2017 season.

American King (27), who comes from Cannondale-Drapac and has in the past won stages at the Tour of California and the Criterium International, is expected to "mentor and lead our climber group of riders based out of our training centre in Lucca," team manager Douglas Ryder explained.

"Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka feels like the perfect environment to grow as an athlete and as a person," King said in the team's press statement issued on Thursday. "The team races with guts and everyone gets opportunities. On top of that I already have good friends on the team."

26 year old English rider Thwaites will make the move from Bora-Argon 18 and is set to strengthen Dimension Data's squad for cobbled classics.

"After steadily improving over the last 4 years in the classics and beginning to break into the top 20, I was looking for a team with some experienced classics riders and knowledgeable directors to help me continue to improve," he commented.

"I am really looking forward to supporting Edvald Boasson Hagen in the classics whilst learning from him and Sports Directors like Roger Hammond to enable me to also fight for top results."

Morton, 24, joins from Jelly Belly-Maxxis after having won two stages and the overall classification of the Tour of Utah in addition to winning the Tour of Gila. The young Australian will feature in shorter stage races and in the high mountains.

"I really wanted to join Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka to realise my dream of being highly competitive at the top level of cycling. This team has excited me since its inception and to be able to be a part of it is incredible. For me the bike is the most incredible tool and I can’t imagine a life without one. I’m so happy to be able to support Qhubeka and help those who need it most realise the incredible potential of the bicycle," he said.
Image: Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka logo.



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