Lawson Craddock joins Cannondale-Garmin for 2016 season

American joins his native squad after two years with Giant-Alpecin

Lawson Craddock on stage six of the 2015 Tour of Poland
(Image credit: Watson)

Cannondale-Garmin confirmed on Thursday night the signing of Lawson Craddock from Giant-Alpecin for the 2016 season.

The 23-year-old American joins his home team after impressing in his two-year spell with Giant, particularly in support of Tom Dumoulin at the Vuelta a España this year as the Dutchman attempted success in the GC.

A talented time trial rider, Craddock's best pro results have come at the Tour of California, finishing eighth overall in 2013 and third overall in 2014, the year Bradley Wiggins took the GC.

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Cannondale have already been one of the most active teams in the cycling transfer market this summer, having signed seven new riders before announcing Craddock, including marquee names Rigoberto Uran (Etixx - Quick-Step) and Pierre Rolland (Europcar).

Daniel Martin and Ryder Hesjedal, who have both been two of the American team's key leaders in recent years, have both left the squad, joining Etixx and Trek respectively.

“Lawson has been on our radar since his junior days," said team manager Jonathan Vaughters on his new signing.

"He has always been a top talent and a very ambitious rider. His third place in the 2014 Tour of California and his incredible work defending the race leader in the 2015 Vuelta show that he is a versatile rider ready to lead or help others. He is a tremendous addition to our team."

“Cannondale-Garmin is the perfect fit for me,” said Craddock on his move.

“It is the best place and best opportunity for me to continue my development as a rider. I am really excited to help the team achieve its goals and when called upon, deliver results myself.”

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