American ITT champion Ian Garrison inks deal with Deceuninck-Quick-Step
Oct 23 2019 08:12 pm CET

American ITT champion Ian Garrison inks deal with Deceuninck-Quick-Step
American ITT champion Ian Garrison inks deal with Deceuninck-Quick-Step
Deceuninck-Quick-Step

The American Individual Time Trial champion Ian Garrison has signed a contract with Deceuninck-Quick-Step for two years.

The 21-year-old will join the Belgian team in 2020 from Hagens Berman Axeon and after catching the eye of the formation with a series of impressive performances in the last seasons. The American is a TT specialist and has shown it by taking the US Elite and U23 titles in 2019.

Garrison also took the silver medal at the U23 World Championships of Yorkshire and finished his season by becoming the runner-up at Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux. "I am really excited!" he said. "It is an incredible opportunity to ride with a squad of this level.

"It is something that I have always dreamed of, as I have been a fan of the Wolfpack for a long time and watched them race, so I am excited to be a part of it and learn. I am still young at 21 and I want to have a long career and seeing the progress that Deceuninck-Quick-Step have helped other young riders make is a big part of my decision and trusting in that they can get the best from me.ç

"I grew up riding my bike – my parents didn't race, but ride bikes (they have a tandem), so growing up we rode for fun. Through enjoying sports, I brought some competitiveness to it and then through cyclo-cross and the velodrome in Atlanta I got introduced to racing. I just loved watching the Tour de France in the summer, so I knew all about Deceuninck – Quick-Step and what a special team they are, and now I'm over the moon knowing I will pull on their jersey in the next two years! At the same time, I want to say a big thanks to everyone at Hagens Berman Axeon for believing in me and helping me become a better rider!"

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's CEO Patrick Lefevere is delighted with the news. "I am very happy to add another young and talented rider to our roster," he explained. "We are always on the lookout for riders who have potential that we can help to develop, and while Ian has already shown that he can compete with the best, we hope that we can help him become even stronger.

"To win the Elite ITT title at such a young age is proof of the fact that he already has the talent and commitment to make it, and we are looking forward to working with him."






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