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Worlds win offers hint of things to come for Garmin-Slipstream

Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday’s Under-23 World Championship Time Trial race in Mendrisio, Switzerland, offered a glimpse of the future for the Garmin-Slipstream squad. Jack Bobridge, a 20-year-old Australian who will ride Felt as a member of Garmin-Slipstream next season, handily won the 33.2-kilometer race against the clock.

Bobridge, also a two-time World Champion on the track, is considered one of the most promising young riders in the world.

“Jack is a phenomenal talent—possibly the most talented rider of his generation,” Garmin-Slipstream CEO Jonathan Vaughters said when announcing Bobridge would be riding for the team in 2010. “He excels on the road and on the track and makes an outstanding addition to our roster.”

In an interview with VeloNews.com, Bobridge said the Garmin-Slipstream team is a perfect fit for him.

“I chose Garmin because they had the best program and they’re willing to work with me until 2012. Garmin was the best choice leading up to the Olympics,” Bobridge said. “I’ll be riding a full track season until the worlds in March. After that, I’ll move to Girona and build up for the road. I don’t have massive expectations for the first year, but I am looking forward to getting the experience to race with the pros in Europe.”