Brandon Rivera steps to WorldTour level with Team Ineos
Nov 21 2019 09:54 pm CET

Brandon Rivera steps to WorldTour level with Team Ineos
Brandon Rivera steps to WorldTour level with Team Ineos
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Team Ineos has announced the signing of another young talent for the upcoming two seasons: Brandon Rivera.

The Colombian was in 2019 in the continental team GW-Shimano and with it he took the title of the individual time trial at the Pan American Championships, finished fourth in the fight against the clock of the Pan American Games and took a top-ten position at the second stage of the Toscana Terra di Ciclismo Eroica.

"I feel very happy and fortunate to be joining the team – it's a golden opportunity that I hope to take advantage of," said the 23-year-old. "Team Ineos is the perfect place to develop as a professional with great staff, coaches and sponsors. It's a dream come true to be part of an incredible team with the best cyclists in the world.

"I grew up as a mountain biker but I love climbing, time trials and one-day races. I'm ready to help my teammates when they need it, but also prepared to make the most of any opportunities. My goals are clear: to learn as much as I can. I'm aware that it will be my first year in the WorldTour category and I will be racing with experienced riders, but I'm looking forward to it."

Team Ineos' coach Xabier Artetxe thinks the rider will have plenty to give in the WorldTour level. "Brandon is versatile and he can become a really good support rider for the team," he explained. "He's a strong time trialist, he can climb well and he's also fast when sprinting from a small group.

"He was racing in Europe two years ago but he didn't have the best experience as he had a knee injury. But last year he came back to Colombia and he had a really good season. He's stepped up a lot and I think he's ready for the WorldTour. He's really motivated to use this opportunity to develop himself and become a better rider. It will be important for him to learn how we work and get used to the WorldTour level. Then in the second year, I'm sure he can turn into a strong support rider.

"When he was younger, he and Egan were the two best mountain bike riders in Colombia. They were the biggest rivals but they are really good friends. They spend a lot of time training together so Egan can really help him find his feet in the team."

Rivera is also looking forward to work again with an old friend. "Egan (Bernal) and I are very good friends," he said. "We have known each other since the age of 10 when we started on the mountain bike in Zipaquirá.

"We were both full of dreams, and so to now be riding together again is incredible. I have to thank him very much for riding with me all these years and for always believing in me. In Colombia Egan is an example that dreams do come true and he's an idol for children and adults."
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