Ryan Mullen signs for Cannondale-Garmin

Irish national time trial champion Ryan Mullen, 21, joins Cannondale-Garmin for the 2016 season

Ryan Mullen in the U-23 mens TT at the 2014 World Road Championships
(Image credit: Watson)

Jonathan Vaughters has described young Irish rider Ryan Mullen as "one of the best up and coming time trial talents in the world" as it was announced that the 21-year will ride for Cannondale-Garmin in 2016.

Mullen has enjoyed a successful season for UCI Continental team An Post - Chain Reaction, becoming the youngest rider ever to win the Irish time trial championships and finishing third overall in the An Post Ras.

In 2014, Mullen finished second in the U23 time trial at the World Championships in Ponferrada, crossing the line half a second behind behind winner Campbell Flakemore. And as predicted by Cycling Weekly earlier this month, the rider has now secured a ride with Cannondale-Garmin for next season.

“Ryan is one of the best, if not the best, up and coming TT talents in the world,” said Vaughters. “It will be exciting to see how he progresses as a rider.”

Mullen added: “For me, Cannondale-Garmin is the perfect learning environment. They have a wealth of experience between riders and staff and working with them, I  will hopefully make big steps forward over the coming seasons.”

Cannondale-Garmin also announced the signing of New Zealander Patrick Bevin, 24, who finished second at the both Sun Herald Tour and the Tour of Korea this season, as well as fourth in the Tour of Taiwan.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.