Drapac riders and staff move to Cannondale
Oct 20 2016 05:55 pm CET

Drapac riders and staff move to Cannondale

As a product of the merger between Cannondale and Drapac, three riders and three staff members will join the WorldTour team for the 2017 season.

During the summer it was announced that Cannondale was to merge with Australian continental team Drapac ahead of the 2017 season. This now results in the move of three riders and three team managers.

Tom Scully, Brendan Canty and Will Clarke will join the squad in 2017, Tom Southam will be a director sportif, Jonathan Breekvelt will be a manager in the European headquarters and Keith Flory will be the performance director.

"Teams are deciding what they're going try and be for the upcoming season at this time of year. We're no different. We've added some bigger guys for the classics like Sep and Taylor. And now with the Drapac guys coming in, we're going after both depth and development," said team manager Jonathan Vaughters.

"Scully and Canty are greener riders we hope to bring along. Clarke has raced at the highest level before and has won some races with the Drapac team already. They should all fit into what we do nicely. The management coming over to the team will help us in myriad areas: on the road, in coaching and training, and in operations."

Tom Scully is from New Zealand and rode for Garmin-Sharp, Chipotle-First Solar and Drapac. "I'm most looking forward to racing bikes alongside and against the best bike riders in the world, all around the world. I'm also looking forward to learning what I can from staff and riders, as most of them will have been there and done it all before at the WorldTour level."

Canty is 24 years old and has formed part of Drapac for three seasons, in which his biggest achievement was the white jersey at the 2016 Tour of Oman. "It's a little crazy to think where I started a few years ago in my first road race, and the situation I am currently in. We haven't sat down yet to talk through my schedule for 2017, but they tend to change anyway. No doubt there will be many races and various opportunities, and I really want to embrace what will be the biggest and hardest season of my career to date"

The 31 year old Clarke represented Leopard Trek, Argos-Shimano and AG2R-La Mondiale before moving to Drapac and has won stages in races like the Tour Down Under, the Tour of Japan, the Herald Sun Tour and the Tour of Taiwan.

"I am looking forward to having the chance to participate in the WorldTour again, and also be a part of Drapac's journey to the highest level of the sport," commented the rider. "I would like to win some races and help the team win races. I would also like to ride a grand tour, which I still have not done yet."
Image: Cannondale-Drapac logo





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