Cannondale-Garmin announced the signing of Phil Gaimon and and re-signing of Ben King on Friday following Jonathan Vaughters' cryptic tweet on Thursday afternoon

Cannondale-Garmin have extended Ben King’s contract and added Phil Gaimon from Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies to their roster for the 2016 season, as the team continues its rebuilding process after the departures of Ryder Hesjedal and Dan Martin.

Jonathan Vaughers, manager of Cannondale-Garmin, tweeted on Thursday: “2 more rider signings tomorrow..We haven’t fully baked the press release yet(clue)..Because we’re still fishing for the right wording(clue)”

That triggered a wave of speculation on social media, with Jan Bakelants and Lars Ytting Bak among the more sensible suggestions, and Benoit Salmon, the retired 1999 Tour de France white jersey winner, Pascal Poisson, a stage winner at the 1984 Tour, and Mike Trout, the LA Angels centre fielder, coming from people who took the “fishing” reference a bit too literally.

The subjects of the tweet were, in fact, Gaimon, referring to his self-professed love of cookies, and King, who loves fishing.

Gaimon reunites with Vaughters having spent the 2014 season at Garmin Sharp, with whom he won his first ever race, stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de San Luis, where he finished second overall to Nairo Quintana.

“I had a great experience and the opportunity of a lifetime when I raced for the team back in 2014,” Gaimon said.

“I learned a lot about how to race in Europe, how to navigate the pack, control breakaways and better help leaders.

“I’m thrilled to come back in 2016 with another year of racing experience under my belt and apply everything I have learned along the way. It will be good to be back in argyle.”


  • phill

    #CalledIt